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The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian is terrifying and terrific all at the same time. Han’s writing style is a bit confusing. She goes from Past tense to Present tense while using different voices to narrate her story. You end up wondering if it is you or the character that is confused and disoriented. You start liking Yeong, you see her in the woman sitting next you in the Bus or the lady in the shopping mall. You wonder if you have met her in another life. Then you fear her. You want to quit the book and you cannot.
Without any spoilers, here are my favorite lines from the 3 part novella
“Intolerable loathing, so long suppressed. Loathing I’ve always tried to make with affection. But now the mask is coming off”
“Some of the trees refused to accept her. They just stood there, stubborn and solemn yet alive as animals, bearing up the weight of their own massive bodies”
The writing is compelling enough for you to want to be a part of the story, but the author draws enough fear and disgust from within the reader to make you quiver with nausea.
PSA: This book is definitely not for the faint hearted.

The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

There are books that inspire you and the others that let you live life vicariously through their narrative. This book is a combination of the two. I love Chris’s writing style, one moment he is talking about his trip across the globe and the next about Laura Dekker. The book takes you through a Roller coaster of emotions. Ranging from the feeling of emptiness, understanding the need to search for meaning and pursuit to fulfilling your own quest.
He breaks down the physical and emotional aspect of planning and going on a quest. As ridiculous as a vow of silence for 17 years sounds, as a reader you understand John Francis’s need to do it. Somewhere between pages 3 and 270 you become a part of if not all, most of the quests that Chris takes you on.
If you have been wanting to do something as crazy as living on a Tree for 1000 days, to protest logging, you are not alone!
I will leave you with my favorite extract from the book:
“A desire for ownership and accomplishment, the fierce desire to control over one’s life- these are powerful forces”