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The Surrendered por Chang-rae Lee
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The Surrendered (original 2010; edição 2011)

por Chang-rae Lee (Autor)

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At the end of the Korean War, the lives of orphan June Han and American soldier Hector Brennan collide. Thirty years later, they meet again and are forced to come to terms with the secrets of their devastating past.
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Título:The Surrendered
Autores:Chang-rae Lee (Autor)
Informação:Riverhead Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 496 pages
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Etiquetas:cancer, historical fiction, Asia, China, cultural identity, epic literature, family saga, Korean-American author, Korea, Korean literature, Manchuria, literary fiction, New York City, orphans, refugees, war, survival, memories

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The Surrendered por Chang-Rae Lee (2010)

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The first half of this novel was totally engrossing; I looked forward to every chapter. Then, it seemed to take a turn and I almost had to force myself to finish. First set in Korea after the war, a young girl, June Han loses her entire family. We next see her in an orphanage run by some Christian missionaries, Rev. Tanner and his wife Sylvia. Other chapters tell of the back story of Sylvia, the daughter of fearless missionaries whose lives took them all over the world into some of the worse conditions of which Sylvia saw as a child growing up. As a young girl, she is in Korea and seems to have a young love of a man found to be a Communist spy. The killing and torture is brutal. Sylvia is a broken woman but one that commands devotion from her husband and many of the children at the orphanage.

Hector is an American soldier charged with the "clean up " of killed soldiers -- brutal work. He stays in Korea for lack of anything better to do and is the all-around handy man at the orphanage. He has a relationship with Sylvia and does June.

Hector eventually marries June in order to bring her to the US, but the marriage is mostly a sham and they are divorced. Now we see June as a successful businesswoman selling antiques. Her son, Nicholas, is somewhere in Europe. June finds Hector (who has just now seemingly found a woman to settle with), but this woman is killed and Hector and June go off to Italy in search of Nicholas. June is dying of stomach cancer. The events in Italy are often just beyond believable and there is much "angst" on the part of everyone.

I've heard so much of this author and obviously, this is a well-written novel, but was just too long, too involved, and too much. ( )
  maryreinert | Mar 15, 2021 |
If the writing hadn't been so good and so easy to sink into I would have put this down early on.

The book is long, slow and prone to discourse. Considering the subject matter it should also be depressing. Yet, it isn't. The characters mostly loathe themselves, are disconnected from the world, miserable in their alienation, and profoundly lost (*1). The sensation though, is of patient, gentle tenderness. A misery of humans being human which triggers compassion instead of despondency. It's a slow, deep dive into humanity.

It gives off a mild whiff of soap-opera trashyness, but it's tolerable.

3.5, maybe 4 after I dwell on it for a while.

(*1 Which I'm growing to suspect are favorite themes for Change-rae Lee). ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
Although this book had an interesting premise, .. Although this book had one very interesting main for protagonist, this book just didn't grab and hold my attention unfortunately.
  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
Although this book had an interesting premise, .. Although this book had one very interesting main for protagonist, this book just didn't grab and hold my attention unfortunately.
  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
The characterisation in this novel is masterful. I loved these very flawed characters which evoked my sympathy. There is also much to be learned about the impact of the Korean war on individual lives.
I highly recommend this novel. ( )
  HelenBaker | Sep 1, 2018 |
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Mr. Lee chronicles these cruel, heartbreaking events of war with harrowing, cinematic immediacy, making palpable the excruciating violence and the huge footprint it leaves on people’s lives. He not only shows us the sights and sounds of a country being torn apart by civil war, but also does an equally powerful job of conveying the emotional consequences of war — the psychological damage sustained by people, who will spend the rest of their lives trying to forget or exorcise terrible memories.
 

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At the end of the Korean War, the lives of orphan June Han and American soldier Hector Brennan collide. Thirty years later, they meet again and are forced to come to terms with the secrets of their devastating past.

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