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.

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