Human Acts by Han Kang

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Read Human Acts Online Free - From the internationally bestselling author of The Vegetarian, a rare and astonishing (The Observer) portrait of political unrest and the universal struggle for justice.

In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.

The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho's best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho's own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.

An award-winning, controversial bestseller, Human Acts is a timeless, pointillist portrait of an historic event with reverberations still being felt today, by turns tracing the harsh reality of oppression and the resounding, extraordinary poetry of humanity.

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ISBN : 1101906723
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 218 pages


Emily May rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 01, 2017

I had mixed feelings after finishing Kang's The Vegetarian, but I cannot deny that the book sucked me right into it's dark, weird allegory. Which is why I'm surprised that this book left me feeling cold and detached. It feels so distant and impersonal, lacking an atmosphere worthy of the subject...

Bookdragon Sean rated it ★★★★★

March 18, 2017

“I still remember the moment when my gaze fell upon the mutilated face of a young woman, her features slashed through with a bayonet. Soundlessly, and without fuss, some tender thing deep inside me broke. Something that, until then, I hadn't realised was there.” This book is brutal and uncompro...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

February 10, 2017

That's it, my next book needs to be comic... erotic...or fantasy.....or maybe a cowboy dancer story.....but -- yikes -- don't read this book before bedtime! It's Brilliant.......but, brutal bacteria brain bankruptcy!!!! If the book cover - alone isn't a clue that this story isn't going to eat thr...

Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2017

This book was pretty horrific in the sense of what happened to these kids and different people in the took. I won't lie, I didn't understand some of the ways the author wrote the story but I grasped it's meaning all the same. This is about the Gwangju Uprising in South Korea in the 80's . The aut...

Taryn rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2017

Another powerful book by Han Kang, author of The Vegetarian. After you died I could not hold a funeral, And so my life became a funeral. Some historical background: After 18 years of authoritarian rule, South Korean President Park Chung-hee was assassinated on October 26, 1979. Hopes for democrac...

Nicole~ rated it ★★★★★

February 10, 2017

Humanity's essential barbarism is exacerbated not by the especially barbaric nature of any of the individuals involved but through that magnification which occurs naturally in crowds . The Putrefying Bodies piled up into one massive heap, fused in a single mass like the rotting carcass of some mu...

Maxwell rated it ★★★★☆

March 01, 2017

Heartbreaking and beautiful. Between this and The Vegetarian, Han Kang has positioned herself as one of the strongest and most thought-provoking writers of our age.

Vanessa rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2017

Human Acts was my second Han Kang book, and honestly I couldn't fault it. I rarely give out 5 star ratings, but I just couldn't find anything to dislike about this book. Human Acts is based on real-life historical events, where Kang depicts the lives of several characters who are all connected by...

Hugh rated it ★★★★★

December 25, 2016

This is a sombre and deeply moving book, which bears witness to the brutal suppression of an uprising that took place in 1980 in the city of Gwangju in the south of South Korea (where Han Kang was born), an event I knew nothing about. It reminded me a little of Vasily Grossman and his account of...

Claire rated it ★★★★★

February 29, 2016

Human Acts is the author Han Kang's attempt to make some kind of peace with the knowledge and images of the Gwangju massacre in South Korea in 1980. Her family had left that city just one year before when she was 10 years old, when the 10 day uprising occurred, but she became aware of it through...

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