Books I’ve read
1. <The Education Of Little Tree> by Forrest Carter
This book inspired me with the beautiful description of each and every scene of the real life the Indians lived, and its inconvenient truth that because the world we live in there are people that are losing their tradition and history. Especially when I read the book when I was an elementary 6th grader, the book made me equate the main character to myself, and so I cried when he cried and was happy when he laughed. And so, it was a time to realize what the world is today, and what should the Indians do in it.
2. <Holes> by Louis Sachar
As much as this novel is the novel that made Louis Sachar a famous children’s story writer, it is one of the most memorable stories that I’ve read until today. It is about a boy, Stanely Yenalt being sent to a correctional camp in the center of Texas because of a curse inherited by his great grandfather. Just like its bizarre background, the most unexpected incidents match like jigsaw puzzles to make up another unexpected result. Finding out these uncannily frightening and mysterious secrets is one of the peculiarity this novel has.
3. <Animal Farm> by George Orwell
When I first read this book, without knowing any of the symbolism each incident in the story has, it was no memorable story at all. However when I knew the pigs symbolized the high social status in communism and how they deliberately changed the laws of animal farm, I could better realize and understand the corruption of communism and its reasons. And so, I think it is a book that can raise social consciousness, and so is a book that anyone about my age should read.
4. <시인의 별 (The Star of a Poet)> by 이인화
This book is a faction story about a man who lost his wife, with a background when Mogol governed Koryo dynasty. He inquires here and there, and leaves in foot to Mongol for almost 10 years to find his wife; who was captivated by a land lord and then sold to another land lord in Mongol and on and on. It strongly impressed me with its tightly-plotted sad story lines, and the last part of the book, where he finds his wife but her wife doesn’t accept him; for she was already married to another man. I was so sad, because of the fact that the man only remembers the pure girl he had married 10 years ago, thinks that his old wife would’ve waited for him as he did, and can’t give up his regrets for his old wife.
5. <Jane Eyre> by Charlotte Bronte
<Jane Eyre> is well known for expressing the dream of all women of that time; leading one’s own life. It wasn’t much surprising to me, in knowing that a women can choose her own path just like Jane Eyre had independently chose to be a teacher, because nowadays all women have the rights to do what they want. However I think reading <Jane Eyre> is a must-have thing to do and can make you enjoy because if its mysterious secrets added to the story.
Books I would like to read in the future
1. <1Q84> by Haruki Murakami
This book is a dreamlike love story that shows what real “faith” and “love” is. Through a story of two lovers escaping a world with only belief and love, the writer so tries to explain the concept or “reality” If you read the lyrics of “It’s Only a Paper Moon” at the back cover of the book, you can see a quote “belief is what makes reality, and love is what saves your life.” Also through internet researching I could find a quote; “If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there’s salvation in life. Even if you can’t get together with that person.”. And so, I would like to explore the world Haruki Murakami wants to tell and enjoy its detailed and well-composed story of his.
2. <Pride and Prejudice> by Jane Austen
<Pride and Prejudice> is about a love story that goes through many difficulties for not only the big gap of social status, but because of the “prejudice” that the person who loves you, is arrogant. However the characters of the story overcome their difficulties through many incidents, and realize that one’s first impression is never important and getting to know the person with time is the most important thing in any relationship.
3. <Troisième Humanité> by Bernard Werber
This is a series of books written in the standpoint of the Earth. It tries to show how we; humans, had polluted the Earth and makes up a story that our genes are changing for us to adapt in our new polluted Earth.
4. <The Name of the Rose> by Umberto Eco
A mystery story based on the Middle Ages in Europe, it is about a murder case and shows how people in that time solved this problem. People of that time attributes murder to witches and devil, and so kills an innocent women for the suspicion that she is a witch.
5. <Faust> by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The story starts with the god and devil laying a bet on Faust; a beneficent scholar. The devil tries to arise his temptation and win the bet, but Faust dispels his desire and keeps on performing good deeds.
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