The Calligrapher's Daughter
A NovelBook - 2009
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PoMoLibrary Jul 30, 2015
From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Mallee: Nanjin lives in Korea in an age when the country is torn between ancient customs and modernity. She longs to be educated while her father wants her to marry.
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The story of Najin Han, but also the story of old Korea's painful transistion into a modern nation under the oppressive occupation of Japan before and during WWII. Najin's father is the last of dying aristocracy; her mother dutifully follows the traditional Confucian values for a virtuous women while upholding the vies of a sincere Christian. Najin leaves this household to live as a companion to the Korean princess, learning the oldest ways, until the royal family is eliminated by the Japanese. She marries and plans to travel to America, but is denied a visa. Thus she ends up a servant in her mother-in-law's home while her husband of 1 day attend seminary in the US. For eleven years.
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