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These stories all seem to share a theme of being The Baby Swap Miracle lost whether physically or as inosing control over one s direction in ife or both The atmosphere is similar for each story and there are definitely certain themes monotonous work one s employment not mattering travel being stuck in a situation and not being able to get out etc I m sure there are parallels that I m not catching as well ike the ife of the rabbit probably being a metaphor for the ife of the protagonist Regardless I enjoyed these I wish I had spaced each story out a bit so I could come back to them with breaks in between I might do that the next time I read Pyun s Hye young s work I ike writing style I hope the story ine develop Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation little mote I found it difficult to read and a bit boring Mostly because all the short stories were oress the same and had the same ending which was that there was no definite ending thus for someone Gender Justice like me it was infinitely bothersome However there was aot of concepts worth thinking over and a Generations and Collective Memory lot of symbols that are fun to analyse and think what they could actually mean Overall it did a good job portraying what a pointless plain and depressing our dailyife is and I did ike the subtle humour that was borderline tragic due to the circumstances however it wasn t my cup of tea Pyun Hye Young s Evening Proposal translated by Youngsuk Park and Gloria Cosgrove Smith electronic review copy courtesy of Dalkey Archive Press is yet another work from the Library of Korean Literature series Once again we have a collection of short stories eight in total each about twenty pages ong and while the pieces have no real connection in terms of characters or content *there are some strong themes running throughout the collectionOne of these is *are some strong themes running throughout the collectionOne of these is with several of the protagonists trapped in a mind numbing circular existence However trapped is probably the wrong word here as they are often uite content to do the same thing day in day out as typified by the hero of Monotonous Lunch The same thing for unch every day Every day he ate the same thing the Set A menu from the cafeteria in the School of Liberal Arts And the Set A menu was always the same It included rice soup kimchi and three side dishes The three side dishes did consist of something different each day but the overall menu was so similar from one day to the next that by the time he was on his way home he could barely remember what side dishes he d eatenchokengtitiktitikchokeng49 Monotonous Lunch Dalkey Archive Press 2016Don t feel too sorry for our hapless friend changing his routine or his diet makes him nervous and even when a major disruption occurs in his ife diet makes him nervous and even when a major disruption occurs in his Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America life only way he knows how to react is to crawl off to his small office to await the dawning of a new dull dayAnother story based on repetition is Canning Factory in which the Plant Manager s disappearance gradually turns into a realisation thatife goes on The worker who was the God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School last to see him gradually usurps his position almost without wanting to ending up in his boss s old company dormitory along with some sealed cans I wonder what s inside Here we see aife of work for the sake of it with the cans gradually spreading into the workers Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) lives to the extent that they prefer eating the stodge inside to better uality foodWork is a constant thread running through Pyun s stories and in many of them there s a heavy focus on doing what you re told without asking uestions This results in some bizarre situations where K Lit meets Kafka and the opening piece Rabbit Tomb is Exhibit A with a worker sent on a short term stay to another town to gather information discovering thatife in the office can be rather anonymousThe office was ike an enormous beehive composed of endless divisions subdivided by cubicles It was arranged by region and city and each cubicle was marked with a section indicator and a Evening Proposal is a collection of eight stories about the grim and often faceless nature of urban ife Faintly reminiscent of Franz Kafka the stories range from a man who discovers that his. ,

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저녁의 구애D ever haveEvening Proposal by Pyun Hye Young is another in the very worthwhile Dalkey Archive Library of Korean Literature and the 16th of the 26 book series I have readThis is a short story collection 8 stories all a very uniform 20 24 pages This is an important genre in Korean iterature arguably the dominant one but not my personal favourite form and that rather influenced my view of the book The stories seem to stop just as they get going and while there is some commonality of theme these are ultimately individual stories originally published separately in various publications before being bought together in this collection and if anything some of the common themes wo 25 starsWith the Winter Olympics being held in Pyeongchang South Korea I thought it would be fitting to read a work of Korean iterature during the month of February and a collection of short stories from an author that is advertised as a modern Franz Kafka definitely sounded appealing I am very much fond of works that are outside of the box and absurdist as well so for its face value this collection Foraging for Survival lookedike it was just what I was ooking for Unfortunately I felt that this collection was mediocre at best While the concepts were great the characters were zero dimensional While giving ittle depth to these characters could be a characters were zero dimensional While giving ittle depth to these characters could be a there was nothing that these characters had to offer that gave me the reader any interest to want to continue reading forwardThe stories in this collection wereRabbit s Tomb A man takes in an abandoned rabbit and cares for it all while he is neglecting what he has found to be an insignificant job There was an interesting snippet about how and why rabbit s are freuently abandoned as pets and how children are known for getting bored of what ever animal it is they get as a pet but specifically rabbitsEvening Proposal Kim and his friend are preparing a funeral is they get as a pet but specifically rabbitsEvening Proposal Kim and his friend are preparing a funeral a dying man all while he is preparing to turn down a commitment to someone he is datingMonotonous Lunch A man is stuck in his routine of eating the same unch taking the same train and fulfilling the same kind of job in a copy room day after day Will a sudden death that happens right before this man s eyes change that routineWould You Like to Take a Tour Bus S and K work with storage compartments as movers What happens when they find themselves on a tour busOut for a Walk A man and his pregnant wife move into new iving uarters in order to fulfill his job but there is a guard dog within the uarters that is bound to be a handful for this coupleJungle Gym A man s confidence is tested through a business tripRoom with a Beige Sofa Jin his wife Seo and their baby adjust to iving in a new houseCanning Factory The strict but punctual plant manager of a canning factory does not show up one day drawing suspicion on his disappearanceA ot of these concepts were interesting and I feel that this material will be subject to rereading and studying for its use of absurdism at some point in time As works that exercise your mind and are meant to be thought about critically this did a good job As stories though they were difficult to get through with uninteresting characters and a vague ability to set the scene I feel that with a writer ike Franz Kafka the information we earned about him and his ability to not imit his boundaries had an impact on how we saw his writing I would even say that George Saunders writes in a similar manner and *With A Work Like *a work One Ticket To Texas like Semplica Girl Diaries it explores an outlandish idea but it connects to a veryogical argument These stories do not engage in this practice They are very dullI may return to Helpmate looking over some of these works at some point in time but for now I did not enjoy this and would not encourage others to check this out There are so many other better absurdist writersike Franz Kafka George Saunders and Lewis Carroll. Ar in anticipating the event Evening Proposal reissues the warning that the orderliness and system that civilization created in order to confront nature's chaos is in fact the hell of monotony. .
Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader life and the obligations it entails In Jungle Gym an accountant is told to take a business trip mainly to get him away from snooping investigators back at the office Our hapless friend obligingly goes and that s about it Would You Like to Take a Tour Bus pushes the idea to the nextevel as two Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead lowevel workers K S are asked by their boss to deliver a sealed sack to a remote Bryozoan Evolution location As they change from trains to buses always waiting for a call telling them where to go next the boss himself is receiving orders from his own superiors the pair begin to wonder what s actually in the sack and whether the smell that s following them is coming from the contentsWhile most of the stories are enjoyable I wouldn t say they re all successful Room with a Beige Sofa sees a couple s drive to their new home interrupted by car trouble but the initial tense tone soon fizzles out into a weak ambiguous ending Similarly the title story Evening Proposal has a flower shop owner obliged by past ties make a journey to see a dying man The reader iseft to fill in the gaps between his conversations with an old colleague and the man s own girlfriend and the story never uite seems to workPyun is at her best when it all turns creepy and one of my favourite stories Out for a Walk dials that up to eleven This one is centred on the experiences of a businessman transferred to a country town and caught between the presence of a friendly dog and the sensitivities of his pregnant wife it makes sense trust me Needing to resolve the issue he goes for a ong walk only to discover that nature is very different to how it *looks in moviesHis foot was caught and again he fell scraping his already sore knees *in moviesHis foot was caught and again he fell scraping his already sore knees stepped on a patch of slippery grass slid and fell again His sides throbbed with pain and still the mayflies continued their attack He didn t realize until he was out of breath that he couldn t escape from them no matter how fast he ran because they weren t merely chasing him They were swarming all over him They were nesting in himchokengtitiktitikchokeng110 Out for a Walk Would you believe me if I said that it only gets worse from hereOne of the features of the atest batch of the Library of Korean Literature offerings is extended commentaries by Silvers Edge literary critics but not for the first time I found this one aittle convoluted Kim Hyeong jung s take on Pyun s stories revels in the decay and ooze found in her work rather than any respectable person should the main problem here though is that the commentary actually focuses on the writer s earlier books It gives an insight into what else Pyun has been up to but it s not of much use in ooking at this collectionHowever even if there are a few weak points there s a ot to Going Berserk like about Evening Proposal It s marked by a straight forward tone telling unusual stories about people sleep walking through theirives even when confronted by bizarre events and when Pyun gets it right the stories certainly eave an impression There s of her work coming in English with Sora Kim Russell s translation of the novel The Hole out in August in the US from Arcade Publishing On the basis of this one I think it might be work keeping an eye out for He would from time to time get a paper cut and that was the only type of scar he. Job performance has no significance while taking refuge in taking care of an abandoned rabbit to a man who finally expresses his ove to discover that his expression frightened him than his fe.

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