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This is a truly horrific novel about a South Korean uprising in 1980 but it lacks historical context.
For one unfamiliar with South Korean history, the intent of describing the consequence of government slaughter of innocents is subsumed by numberless atrocities of the past. Kang undoubtedly intends to recount an historical event with universal meaning but succeeds in only offering a cathartic exercise for a gifted writer.
Man's inhumanity to man is an historical fact. Novels about government atrocity are mentally numbing without historical context.
The reality of today's North Korea is more mindfully present than Kang's un-contextualized story of South Korea. "Human Acts" is a disappointing novel.
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the drones on endlessly about dead bodies by the end of the second chapter I was totally bored.
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