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The island of sea women a novel por Lisa See
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The island of sea women a novel (edição 2019)

por Lisa See, Jennifer Lim (Narrator.)

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A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island. Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village's all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook's mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger. Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook's differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother's position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point. This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story--one of women's friendships and the larger forces that shape them--The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.… (mais)
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Título:The island of sea women a novel
Autores:Lisa See
Outros autores:Jennifer Lim (Narrator.)
Informação:[New York, NY] : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2019.
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Another extremely depressing book club read.

The structure with chapters set in 2008 interspersed with longer sections from the 1930s onwards meant that you gradually put the pieces together, although there was still quite a shocking revelation towards the end.

I found the depiction of the diving collective and its work very interesting, but the rest of the story not so much. There was an awful lot of political history which the author had presumably researched and then crammed in (although WW2 seemed to pass by without much of a fuss). I was fairly ignorant about Korea's history and found this story tried to cover too much, so that I never felt I fully understood why massacres and censorship and so on were happening. I didn't warm to the main character, who seemed inconsistently drawn to me: she wanted her daughters to follow in her footsteps, then she wanted them to get an education, then she regretted giving them an education and so on and so on. Other than the 2008 sections the narrative followed a bit of a 'then this happened, then this happened' structure (with enormous gaps). This was intermittently moving, but overall left me with a feeling of bitterness. It did not make me want to visit Korea. ( )
  pgchuis | Oct 17, 2021 |
This book was an incredible story of friendship, regret, grudges, and forgiveness. It takes place over 70 years. Young-sook and Mi-ja become friends in their small village where they are divers called haenyeo. As they marry and have children, and the Korean Peninsula goes from a Japanese colony to two divided countries, their lives are forever changed.
Now 2008, Mi-ja’s grandchild and her family come to Korea to find Young-sook. Young-sook reminisces about her life, and the friendship with Mi-ja. She is forced to face her feelings.
Beautifully written, heartbreaking at times.
I listened to the audio book first, then went back and read the print edition, while simultaneously listening to the audio. This greatly enhanced my experience.
I highly recommend this book. You will learn a lot about the haenyeo, as well as some history. ( )
  rmarcin | Oct 3, 2021 |
This is just about perfect historical fiction - comprehensively researched on the history side, combined with a story well told, and populated with characters that are complex, believabe and compelling.
Set around women sea divers in Korea in the era 1930s to 2000s, the book delivers an awareness of the amazing lives of these women, set against a background of the horrors faced by Korean residents in that era.
The writing is crisp and clear. The author avoids over-telling the story, and "shows" the reader what is happening. And, most pleasingly, the author has avoided "dumbing down" the story for those unfamiliar with the era, and has delivered an absolute gem of a book.
I don't normally gush in my reviews, but this book invites no other response. ( )
  mbmackay | Aug 18, 2021 |
This may be a fictional tale, but it's obvious See has done her research. The tale of Young-sook and her training in the sea, as well as her relationships with her mother and her friend Mija on the island of Jeju is rich with both character development and historical perspective. The lives of the women who make their living in this dangerous oceanic profession are fascinating but difficult and dangerous.
I read this with my book club and we were all embarassed about how little we knew of the lives of people in this area, and particularly how they were negatively affected by our government's interference in their affairs following the wars. This book is both captivating to read and important for anyone wishing to be more aware of the world. ( )
  EmScape | Jun 14, 2021 |
I don't always like Lisa See's books but I'm happy to report I can give this one 4 stars. A historical novel, it takes place on Jeju, an island off the southern coast of Korea. Young-sook's family has lived on the island for generations. Mija comes to Jeju to live with an aunt and uncle and the young girls quickly become close friends and they become sure they will remain friends for life.

Jeju was unusual in that it had a matriarchal family structure. The economy was traditionally dominated by fishing but when Younng-sook and Mija meet, the island men may work as fishermen but are not working as divers as they once did, women have taken their place. Called haenyeo, the job of "sea women" was usually passed from mother to daughter. The work was physically dangerous both due to the elements and due to their scanty resources. Goggles and knives were their only equipment, there was no apparatus for breathing support. When they dove, the women would collect abalone, conch, algae, etc. to be used as food for the family and to sell. Young-sook was proud to follow her mother and grandmother as a haenyeo and her mother, a leader among the divers, managed to get Mija accepted as well.

Their lives as friends began in the 1930s and 40s during Japanese Colonialism and we follow them through years of turmoil and hardship including WWII, and the Korean War. There is also personal turmoil as they choose husbands and begin to make decisions about how they will live as adults. In effect, this is a generational history of brave and independent women who lived very different lives than I have in a place that was unknown to me. ( )
  clue | May 23, 2021 |
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A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island. Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village's all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook's mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger. Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook's differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother's position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point. This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story--one of women's friendships and the larger forces that shape them--The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

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