Drifting House

An unflinching portrayal of the Korean immigrant experience from an extraordinary new talent in fiction Spanning Korea and the United States, from the postwar era to contemporary times, Krys Lee s stunning fiction debut, Drifting House, illuminates a people torn between the traumas of their collective past and the indignities and sorrows of their present In the title stoAn unflinching portrayal of the Korean immigrant experience from an extraordinary new talent in fiction Spanning Korea and the United States, from the postwar era to contemporary times, Krys Lee s stunning fiction debut, Drifting House, illuminates a people torn between the traumas of their collective past and the indignities and sorrows of their present In the title story, children escaping famine in North Korea are forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to survive The tales set in America reveal the immigrants unmoored existence, playing out in cramped apartments and Koreatown strip malls A makeshift family is fractured when a shaman from the old country moves in next door An abandoned wife enters into a fake marriage in order to find her kidnapped daughter In the tradition of Chang rae Lee s Native Speaker and Jhumpa Lahiri s Interpreter of Maladies, Drifting House is an unforgettable work by a gifted new writer.
Drifting House An unflinching portrayal of the Korean immigrant experience from an extraordinary new talent in fiction Spanning Korea and the United States from the postwar era to contemporary times Krys Lee s stu

  • Title: Drifting House
  • Author: Krys Lee
  • ISBN: 9780670023257
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Onvan : Drifting House - Nevisande : Krys Lee - ISBN : 670023256 - ISBN13 : 9780670023257 - Dar 224 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2012

    2. Much of what is categorized as "literary" is actually pretentious and annoying. Krys Lee's stories are neither. They were outside my comfort zone, but told with such straight-forwardness and luminosity that the book, once opened, was hard to put down. The title story in particular came back to my thoughts again and again - two boys, abandoned by their mother, attempting to flee famine in North Korea to China. I won this book through the firstreads program, and it's not the admittedly escapist fi [...]

    3. This collection of moving stories focusing on both Koreas (and on Koreans in America) blew me away from start to finish. The writing is exquisite, haunting, precise, surreal, magical, dark, funny. The stories are fully realized and, although often focusing on the darkest thoughts and actions, have heart and humanity at center. You care about what the characters will do and what will happen to them, even as you flinch because they are in such desperate circumstances. One of the best short story c [...]

    4. There were many different characters introduced at different points in timeme were post-war, some modern Korean Americans, and although all of their identity stories were quite different, they are all presented with incredible difficulties and heartache. Several of these stories were very well written, but at the end when something "big" transpires it almost seems as the ending does not belong to the same narrative thread. Character development is something Lee is very good at creating both arch [...]

    5. An astonishing collection, beautifully written, even as it describes incredible pain and sadness. Several of these stories broke my heart.

    6. Rating this more on tone than content. The stories are beautifully, impeccably crafted, even when they veer into (what to me felt like) melodrama (looking at you, The Salaryman); they're bleak and brutal as well, so maybe not recommended for one sitting.

    7. The Drifting House – the debut collection of Krys Lee – contains many good stories and some truly exceptional ones. And like all short story compilations, readers are bound to gravitate to their own favorites.For me, a few of them really sang. In the first, A Temporary Marriage, Mrs. Shin has been forced to endure an abusive relationship and enters a sham marriage with another Korean named Mr. Rhee. As a result of her divorce, she loses custody of her daughter, whom she is determined to see [...]

    8. Drifting house was a difficult book for me to read.I gave it 4 stars because the writer has done an excellent job putting the reader in the same room as her tortured souls. As I said before it is terrible what these familes have suffered through. Yes, I know this book is fictional, but I also know what happens to families & esp. the little ones. As I think of the little girl who turns away from her mother after her mother has given her all to fine her child. The husbamd who takes his child t [...]

    9. This collection of stories is about the struggle that Koreans/ American Koreans have faced. Each story is sadder then the previous. Some stories are a bit confusing but that may just be a culture difference on my part. This was a very interesting read, but again I say, it was quite sad. The stories were written well but I feel some of the stories were a bit rushed to complete. Some of these stories could have been a novel on their own. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the [...]

    10. We Are All Drifting HousesDrifting House by Krys Lee (Viking Adult; 224 pages; $25.95.) I typically do not read short story collections. Novels are my book of choice for a variety of reasons. I enjoy rich, memorable characters, ones who stay with me long after I finish a book. I love a great setting, one in which I am transported to a different time and place so unlike my own and one in which I can lose myself. Plot is also important to me, but it has to be plausible and interesting. I detest ba [...]

    11. This collection of short stories gave me all the feels. If you liked Jhumpa Lahiri's Intepreter of Maladies or you're looking for something to read after Pachinko, this is a great book to pick up.

    12. On the face of it, South Korean fiction has the raw materials to make it big: partition, war, dictatorships and economic boom-and-bust, all played out against the backdrop of a deeply traditional, rigidly honour-bound society.But while the likes of Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto have succeeded in ushering modern Japanese writing into global favour, their South Korean equivalents have struggled to make such an impressive breakthrough beyond their homeland.Until now: this has been a stellar [...]

    13. When it comes to books written by East Asians, the ones that tend to get the most recognition are Japanese. At least from what I've seen. I've never heard of Krys Lee, I literally found this on Bookoutlet for like four dollars and was attracted to the minimalist typography. (yes, I'm really that dorky.) It wasn't anything too surreal, no magical realism, no post-apocalypse. This was more like a slice-of-life\ collection, I thought it would also be similar to Your Republic Is Calling You by Young [...]

    14. This book is broken into different stories related to Koreans and the U.S. rather than presenting information through a single plot. Each story seems very different from the other eight. The common factor is the heartache as characters struggle with marriage, financial loss, loneliness, and acceptance from their families. Mentioned simultaneously with these struggles is war, which devastates the country as these characters move forward. The author has a very appealing writing style jumping from [...]

    15. Krys Lee's audacious debut is a wonder to behold - molded into a brilliant sheen with powerful, heart-aching prose and memorable, vivid worlds. From each page, the sense of care she has devoted to each story is clearly evident, and almost palpably ever-present. In as much as her stories are occupied with emotionally wrought characters dealing with their lives point-blank, there is an unmistakable gentleness with which each story unfolds. I have never felt so safe in the hands of any writer befor [...]

    16. OK, I've got to apologize to Stephanie Reents. I read her debut The Kissing List and told her to lighten upd then I read this, which has horrible things happening in every single story. Is there some college that tells writers make their first book sad, depressing, hopeless short stories? First, I think Lee could have easily made some of these short stories into full length novels (with some lightness interludes) and explain at the same time Korean items (food especially) to those of us who don' [...]

    17. Krys Lee's portrayal of North Korean women and their children is an important read, especially in light of recent events surrounding Kim Jong-il's passing. Following several stories that alternate between different children's and parents' views of life in Korea versus the U.S an "American" reader is invited to come to terms wiht the immigrant experience of war refugees and the longing for a place to belong. Lee has published some of these short stories separately, but this collection proves insi [...]

    18. Like the author I was whisked away to this magical land when I was 5, and when I heard her describe it in an interview, I immediately decided to get the book. As with a good deal of Korean films I've seen, there's taboo, raw emotion, and a strain of feminism. The writing didn't blow me away, but they're good stories, and I needed to read them. I kind of wish the Korean-Americans writing prose would go as far out as Kim Hyesoon and Don Mee Choi in poetry. Maybe they're out there, and I just don't [...]

    19. Chose this book because I had never read anything about or by Koreans and I had just visited Korea. Although well written, I found the stories depressing.

    20. I can't decide if this is a 3 or 4 star book for meere were stories I loved - Beautiful Women, Drifting House, The Pastor's Son, A Small Sorrow - that captured the Korean, Korean immigrant and Korean American experience in a way that was raw, gritty, dark, complex, and then there were others that felt a little too forced toward an ambiguous end. I will say Lee's writing is lovely and I know there are stories I will revisit; stories that were haunting and heartfelt and tragic. Be warned, however: [...]

    21. My review as appears in The Short Review (theshortreview)For a slender volume of nine stories told in a spare but lyrical style, Krys Lee’s debut collection takes on some heavyweight themes – those concerning the effects of the civil war that had torn Korea into two as well as the price that mercenary Korean soldiers pay for fighting the Vietnam War on the side of the United States. The collection takes on the profound familial, social and psychic dislocation caused by economic upheavals fol [...]

    22. The collective emotion of pain and suffering ("han" in Korean) is well expressed in each story that covers the modern Korean history after the Korean War including immigration. Nine stories cover North Korea, Vietnam War, Democratic movement in 1970s and 1980s, financial crises in late 1990s and Korean immigrants' life in US. The topics are quite heavy and characters are very traumatized.It's hard to tell if the stories work for the non-Korean but as a Korean I can feel the author's painful effo [...]

    23. I had just finished reading The Wind Up Bird Chronicle when I picked up Drifting House, so I'm not sure if I was having trouble adjusting to stories that weren't metaphysical or maybe I was overthinking the plot lines, but I found it difficult to understand what Krys Lee was trying to say at times. A majority of the metaphors used left me utterly confused and forced me to glaze over huge sections. I only connected to a handful of the stories in this book, and the rest left me questioning what ex [...]

    24. Krys Lee’s Drifting House is a unique collection is short stories of varied international Korean perspectives in the past 40 years. Lee blends various points of views, highly descriptive narratives and takes us deep into focal moments of her character’s lives. I appreciated her inclusion of many of the Korean words and terms which give her stories added realism.

    25. ~*~For this review and others, visit the EditorialEyes Blog.~*~3.5 out of 5Drifting House by Krys Lee is a spare, lyrical, heartbreaking collection of short stories about the Korean and Korean diaspora experience. The book presents a mosaic, each tile a sad portrait of unique characters and a different set of difficulties.Lee’s stories use the political upheaval of North and South Korea and the personal upheaval of leaving your home country behind you and going somewhere new as a backdrop for [...]

    26. The author tried so hard to squeeze the reader's emotions, but l just want to punch Krys in the nose for this bag of shite. What little empathy l felt for the charters were more than overshadowed by (i) just how hard the author tries to wrench the reader's emotions and (ii) the inappropriate use of badly formed Korean (i speak fluent Korean yet couldn't understand some of the Romanized text nor fully understand what the author was trying to convey; non-Korean speakers will be baffled by some of [...]

    27. Drifting House by Krys Lee is one of the very best collections of short stories I have ever read. They are right up there with Alice Munroe. The stories are all about Korean people, their culture in Korea and the immigrant experience in the United States. The stories share several thematic elements: loss, separation, solitude, a sense of being out of place and situations of violence that are often painful to read. The author examines the limits of what human beings are capable of and how they en [...]

    28. My review from the Asian Review of Books:4 July 2012 — Chang-Rae Lee nothwithstanding, the awareness and popularity of Korean literature and writers of Korean descent in the English-speaking world is still limited, but it recently has seemed to be on the upturn. Shin Kyung-sook’s Please Look after Mom won this year’s Man Asia Literary Prize; the Korea Literature Translation Institute recently announced that it would select 15 writers to support in publishing overseas. Japan’s literature [...]

    29. ** Drifting House by Krys Lee was provided to me free-of-charge by Penguin Canada through a GoodReads, FirstReads Giveaway. **Drifting House by Krys Lee consists of a collection of short stories depicting the lives and experiences of a diverse group of Korean nationals spanning the post-Korean war era to present day. The stories each tell the tale of how the history of turmoil in Korea has affected generations of individuals and families as they struggle to cope with the fall-out and to rebuild [...]

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