A review by k8digsthings
Human Acts by Han Kang

dark reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


I think I read it pretty fast-paced (within half a day), but even then I had to take a lot of breaks in between reading because the material was really gut-wrenching and devastating. I had a semblance of an idea what it was about, but did not know the extent of the pain. It reminds me of similar dictatorship ruling that occurred in my own country in roughly the same time period, and how we've got similar stories like this as well that are no less painful. I really recommend reading this not only to reflect on the meaning of humanity, but also to reinforce the importance of prohibiting historical distortion. There's a specific line mentioned in the epilogue about this, actually, but to avoid spoilers I won't mention it here. Just, wow. What a read. What a way to start my reading challenge for the year as well.

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