Forgotten Country

Forgotten Country By Catherine Chung, Forgotten Country Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss the conflict between obligation and freedom and
  • Title: Forgotten Country
  • Author: Catherine Chung
  • ISBN: 9781594488085
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Forgotten Country By Catherine Chung, Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another.On the night Janie waits for her sister, Hannah, to be born, her grandmother tells her a story SincWeaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another.On the night Janie waits for her sister, Hannah, to be born, her grandmother tells her a story Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, so Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe As time passes, Janie hears stories, while facts remain unspoken Her father tells tales about numbers, and in his stories everything works out In her mother s stories, deer explode in fields, frogs bury their loved ones in the ocean, and girls jump from cliffs and fall like flowers into the sea Within all these stories are warnings Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on a mission to find her sister and finally uncover the truth beneath her family s silence To do so, she must confront their history, the reason for her parents sudden move to America twenty years earlier, and ultimately her conflicted feelings toward her sister and her own role in the betrayal behind their estrangement Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another.
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    1. Catherine Chung

      Catherine Chung lives in New York, where she is working on a new novel and a collection of essays She can often be found eating ice cream, petting other people s dogs, or wandering around with her nose in a book.

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    1. Onvan Forgotten Country Nevisande Catherine Chung ISBN 1594488088 ISBN13 9781594488085 Dar 296 Safhe Saal e Chap 2012

    2. For all that I grew up surrounded by those who can trace their lineage back to the so called East, a geographic hilarity when considering which side of the Pacific the United States finds itself on, I very rarely read their literature Lahiri, Tsukiyama, Ozeki, a pitiful number when considering the hoops I ve gone through to read those from other continents, some of them even translated to boot Maybe it is a subconscious Oh, I ve immersed myself in that type already , but when considering the num [...]

    3. Don t you just hate reading a book thinking its about one thing when it s really about something totally different Another Reader pet peeve, if you will The jacket of the book mentions the bond of two sisters, and how the family has a curse one sister always gets lost The key is the family secret left behind in Korea The book did include minor pieces of sisterhood and a family secret but than anything else it was about family A family split apart by cancer The patriarch of the family is diagnos [...]

    4. I found this book extremely well written, but I never really connected with it except on a very superficial level Janie, the narrator, was very sympathetic but not very empathetic She was very flat Her emotions and motivations never shone through the story Hannah, her sister, was this great mysterious void, but once she showed up in the plot again shrank into the background Throughout the book, I wanted More emotion, background, explanation, exposition For a first person narrative, I didn t [...]

    5. From the first chapter alone, it was clear that this book was going to be tremendous I could not wait for it to come out And, luckily, I didn t have to I just finished a galley copy, and it is fantastic.The writing reminded me of aspects of both Shaker furniture and Ishiguro s best works it was perfectly crafted, dealing with big themes in an understated and unadorned but rich and beautiful manner And the characters broke my heart in the best way possible.

    6. Forgotten Country is a richly emotional portrait of a family that had me spellbound from page one Catherine Chung s beautiful and wise novel will haunt me for years to come.

    7. Another wonderful, heart rendering book by a new author Starts in Korea, moves to the United States and than ends back in Korea Much Korean history is related but the book is mainly about two sisters, a father and a mother Does a great job of highlighting the complexity of a family, positions and roles within families and how easy it is to assume one knows things about a person only to find out years later one is wrong Love the Korean stories and folk lore told by the girls Korean grandmother Th [...]

    8. the reviews jacket copy for this book were very misleading check them out they say thatjanie s sister hannah mysteriously goes missing in the process of searching for her, janie stumbles across a family secret about how every generation of her family loses a daughter i was definitely anticipating of a mystery about the lost daughters, about hannah s disappearanceabout anythingstead, this is a book about two adult daughters a wife standing vigil while the patriarch of their family succumbs to ca [...]

    9. Forgotten Country is a very emotionally moving novel full of heartbreak, betrayal, forgiveness, reunion, and death that spans many generations and two countries America and Korea At the heart of this novel are two sisters born in Korea and raised in America by immigrant parents Younger sister, Hannah, mysteriously leaves, and Janie has the burden and responsibility placed on her by her family to find her and bring her home The girl s father has become ill, and the urgency to bring Hannah home is [...]

    10. I received this book from a giveaway I was under the impression that this book was going to be about Janie s search for her younger sister, which it isn t really Instead, I was met with a young Korean American woman, who reminisced about her times as a childhood and other family stories I am secretly grateful it wasn t a mystery novel after all Janie s devotion to her heritage and family is tested, however its not really a book about how she came out stronger or better or smarter, its about her [...]

    11. Family The intricacies of family relationships Our families can define us, our families can destroy us, our families provide us with the roots with which to ground us, and our families love us But for all the complexities behind family relationships, for all the cruelty and anger we harbor against some of them, there are ties that continue to bind and support us in times of need Hannah is missing and her parents expect her older sister, Janie, to find her Nobody knows where she has gone or why s [...]

    12. This book seemed to hold a lot of promise but I felt disappointed in the end Janie s Korean family is haunted by a curse of sorts every generation, a daughter is lost So when Janie s sister Hannah is born, she is warned by her grandmother to watch over and protect her Janie tries to, not always succeeding, and when they girls are in college, Hannah inexplicably disappears sort of they figure out where she is but Hannah refuses to talk to them and basically emancipates herself from her family for [...]

    13. At the outset, this book seems to be about a fairly ordinary Korean American family Although the younger sister has left town without telling her family where she s gone, her actions seem like an understandable act of rebellion as opposed to the mystery the jacket blurb would have you believe In point of fact, she is relatively easily found and returned to the family fold, although the real reasons she left are frustratingly left un fleshed out.Soon after we meet this family, however, it seems a [...]

    14. This is one of those stories that hangs onto you like the smell of smoke, creeping in and making itself at home whether or not you really want it to It begins with Jeehyun and Haejin, sisters born in Korea whose family moved to the U.S when they were young Now both in college, their names Anglicized to Janie and Hannah, the sisters who were once so close have grown apart until they hardly know each other One day, without a word, Hannah disappears Through friends, Janie tracks down Hannah s new p [...]

    15. This is the most beautiful book I have ever read It s one of those rare books that has changed me for having read it and has stayed with me in such profound and unexpected ways FORGOTTEN COUNTRY tackles themes of love, loss, familial bonds and loyalty, immigration and the ways in which home can both hold and betray us, and the human capacity to rise and to heal with boundless grace, stunning precision, hauntingly gorgeous imagery, and a quiet ferocity that will break your heart Luminous, insight [...]

    16. This novel is beautifully written Its exploration of the family dynamic in a Korean immigrant family is sensitive and very real nobody is entirely likable, nobody is entirely to blame People looking for resolution, for clearly drawn lines, will not like the book, but the author does a wonderful job of exploring the complexities of real life.

    17. 3 Forgotten Country is a poetically written portrait of two estranged sisters facing their father s illness The novel often resonated emotionally with me and I think I would have loved it if the structure had been simpler Chung crammed in several other story lines in the 296 page novel the mother s and father s histories in Korea, the sisters childhoods, Korean folklore and I don t know why so many debut novelists choose jumping around in time structures for their novels I think it takes consid [...]

    18. Janie takes her role as eldest daughter seriously in Forgotten Country, Catherine Chung s debut novel about a family that comes to the United States, out running potential political persecution in their home country, Korea Hannah, her younger sister, has a bit moxie When the family s traditions start to weigh her down, she runs away to California without leaving a forwarding address Janie s resentment toward her grows when their father is diagnosed with cancer and eventually decides to return t [...]

    19. Having read the blurb and back cover, I expected this book to be about Janie s search for her sister, Hannah, and the unraveling of the curse that causes their family to lose a sister in every generation since the Japanese occupation of Korea However, the book was much about the family relationships and the father s cancer diagnosis and gradual decline This is unfortunately the second book I have read this week about which the advance information implied a mystery to solve that was not delivere [...]

    20. This is a gorgeously written debut novel with lovely insights into the complicated relationships between sisters, between husbands and wives, between parents and children Interwoven throughout the family story are beautifully rendered Korean folk tales and fables I m not going to use this review to outline the plot or analyze the characters, I m simply going to quote one of the many passages that dazzled me with its language and imagery and see if you can resist wanting to read this book I sat, [...]

    21. This book was amazing It really opens your eyes to another culture and how someone moving to the United States from another country can be treated differently The love of family or being a member of a close group can make you stronger or pull you apart when you are in a difficult situation.The main character Janie is trying to get her doctorate in math She was born in Korea and was transplanted to Michigan with her mother father and sister The books starts out with Janie s sister Hannah disappea [...]

    22. This was a beautifully written book of a family dealing with losses Janie s parents immigrated from Korea to America when she and her sister Hannah were young children Now Janie is in graduate school and Hannah is a college sopho When Hannah disappears without a word, it seems that the story of each generation losing a daughter is going to come true Then their father is diagnosed with cancer and decides to return to Korea for treatment Janie suspends her studies and travels to Korea to be with h [...]

    23. Forgotten Country, is a novel that holds many stories It is the story of two sisters who struggle to define themselves in relationship to each other, their family, and the cultures they ve inherited and have grown up in It s the story of a family straddling two countries, languages, cultures, histories of how they navigate what to hold on to, what to reach for, and what to let go It is the story of two countries America and Korea with their separate and linked histories of violence, separation a [...]

    24. This book is breathtaking, heartbreaking It is charming and smart and pretty, complex and thoughtful, just like its lovely author admission of slight bias here I ll write at some point, but right now I m just so impressed by the work and sad to know I can t read it for the first time ever again I d take this lovely story of a family, with two sisters and their personal and ancestral histories at its large heart, over Egan s Goon Squad any day of the week I m smitten with the book.

    25. Janie and her family are estranged from everything that matters, estranged from their country of origin, estranged from their new home, estranged from their extended family, estranged from each other Catherine Chung takes a look at the pain of estrangement and the desperate ways people try to bridge the gaps left by estrangement in this beautifully written novel, Forgotten Country.Highly recommended.

    26. I loved this quiet book Beautifully written, but it is the small shared experiences that ring familiar An apple peel, stories of persimmons, the death of an aunt that hides a stranger truth and a pervasive sense of melancholy I don t often get to read stories that obliquely mirror my own experience and I m grateful for the experience That is also a perfect cover.

    27. The Korean War is sometimes called the Forgotten War Perhaps the author of the Forgotten Country chose her title because it resonates with the history of Korea and the particular family in the Forgotten Country The family moves to Michigan to avoid reprisals by South Korea s then authoritarian government against their brilliant mathematician father s incendiary political pamphlet The oldest daughter, Janie, now a graduate student in mathematics in Chicago, grudgingly acceptS that her family cons [...]

    28. Yikes, I was hoping for a soulful book about South Korean American women and family Instead, I got a bleak, detached and depressing ride through a cruel world where every woman gets hurt and every symbol is of death Why is the cover pink and baby blue with flowers and yarn like patterns VERY MISLEADING Give this book the serious, somber cover it deserves Janie and Hannah grew up in Michigan, but their family immigrated to the US from Korea Janie s college aged younger sister Hannah has gone miss [...]

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