Banned Book Club

Banned Book Club

Graphic Novel - 2020 | First edition
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"When Kim Hyun Sook started college in 1983 she was ready for her world to open up. After acing her exams and sort-of convincing her traditional mother that it was a good idea for a woman to go to college, she looked forward to soaking up the ideas of Western Literature far from the drudgery she was promised at her family's restaurant. But literature class would prove to be just the start of a massive turning point, still focused on reading but with life-or-death stakes she never could have imagined. This was during South Korea's Fifth Republic, a military regime that entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and the murder of protestors. In this charged political climate, with Molotov cocktails flying and fellow students disappearing for hours and returning with bruises, Hyun Sook sought refuge in the comfort of books. When the handsome young editor of the school newspaper invited her to his reading group, she expected to pop into the cafeteria to talk about Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Scarlet Letter. Instead she found herself hiding in a basement as the youngest member of an underground banned book club. And as Hyun Sook soon discovered, in a totalitarian regime, the delights of discovering great works of illicit literature are quickly overshadowed by fear and violence as the walls close in."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago : Iron Circus Comics, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781544446448
Characteristics: 198 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm


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AndreaG_KCMO Oct 29, 2020

Still new to the graphic novel genre, I am usually unable to read with the same pace and intensity that I feel with a traditional novel. In this case, my familiarity with the subject matter forged the connection that kept me glued to the story from start to finish. As the plot intensified, the book structure kept pace by interspersing individual police interrogations with the activity of the other book group members. The technique heightened my emotion and my attention. My only difficulty was matching names to faces; for most of the book, I couldn't identify everyone correctly. This book captures the tenacity of a young democracy confronting its own embroiled past.


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