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  1. says:

    I don't think I've ever tried harder to like a book than I did Chang rae Lee's latest The Surrendered But I think a book s

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    The story in this novel is filled with flashbacks in the lives of two principal characters to earlier episodes during and following the Korean War when their lives intersected There's a third principal character who's background is also explored All three of them experienced tragic losses of loved ones or family members during their youth Then as if the flashbacks were not enough the reader is hit with a tragic incident and a terrible di

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    45 stars Gorgeous storytelling Compelling characters Totally took me by surprise I can't wait to read of Lee's work

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    Well Hard to say exactly what I thought about this book OK I thought many parts were beautifully written I also thought it was way too long yet the character development was way too thin For having so many pages the author didn't seem to know what to do with them Three stars is maybe a little harsh but the book wasn't w

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    In “The Surrendered” Chang Rae Lee examines the ruinous effects of the Korean War on two survivors a child June who loses her enti

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    What happens to life after you survive the atrocities and randomness of war? Chang rae Lee examines the deep intricacies of this uestion and its ramifications in THE SURRENDURED portraying three survivors Korean War China Japan War whose lives mesh at an orphanage somewhere in South Korea after liberation From that common crossroad the lives of Sylvie a missionary wife Hector a GI and June a Korean orphan are forever intertwined

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    There are a few prized novels in memory that ransacked me raw and bare while simultaneously enveloping me whole

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    War is hell a fact that is on display in nearly every war related piece of fiction that does not somehow involve John Wayne Less often explored is the toll that war takes on the civilians who are in the affected areas Still less often explored is the Korean War which is important to the plot here The Surrendered could have filled a void and been one of those books that while a work of fiction kind of opens your eyes to something

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    This being a book of historical fiction I thought I would get a little history than I did There is very little in this bo

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    Gut wrenchingly sad and modestly joyful in alternating scenes A racing crescendo bounding toward and end but backward and forward in time I st

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Past and the shocking acts of love and violence that bind them together As Lee unfurls the stunning story of June Hector and Sylvie he weaves a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice the power of love and the possibilities for mercy salvation and surrendering oneself to another Combining the complex themes of identity and belonging of Native Speaker and A Gesture Life with the broad range energy and pure storytelling gifts of Aloft Chang rae Lee has delivered his most ambitious exciting and unforgettable work yet It is a mesmerizing novel elegantly suspenseful and deeply affecting.. This being a book of historical fiction I thought I would get a little history than I did There is very little in this book about either the Korean War 1950 1953 or the Japanese takeover of Manchuria in the 1930s The main focus is the relationship between the missionary Ames Tanner his wife Sylvie Tanner an American GI Hector Brennanand an orphan June Hanset at a Korean orphanage in the aftermath of the Korean War There is another thread set in 1980s when June now elderly and dying searches for her son in Italy Although this may all sound confusing it is not hard to follow but that doesn t make it goodI felt no empathy for any of the characters I learned little history and the book totally lacks humor It is all about some weird relationships In a good author s hands weird relationships may become tantalizing but not here Perhaps I am being overly critical There is a message history sets a stamp upon the lives of those who live through it I do admit it is hard to follow a book as excellent as To the End of the Land which both taught history and magnificently rendered a triangle love relationshipThe author Chang rae Lee never brought the characters even within arms lengths Always they remained at a distance and for this reason I have only given The Surrendered two stars Not terrible but just OK

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The Surrendered

A stunning story about how love and war inalterably change the lives of those they touch The Surrendered is elegant suspenseful and unforgettable a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice the power of love and the possibilities for mercy and salvationWith his three critically acclaimed novels Chang rae Lee has established himself as one of the most talented writers of contemporary literary fiction Now with The Surrendered Lee has created a book that amplifies everything we've seen in his previous works and reads like nothing else It is a brilliant haunting heartbreaking story about. The story in this novel is filled with flashbacks in the lives of two principal characters to earlier episodes during and following the Korean War when their lives intersected There s a third principal character who s background is also explored All three of them experienced tragic losses of loved ones or family members during their youth Then as if the flashbacks were not enough the reader is hit with a tragic incident and a terrible disappointment in the current time line of the narrative The two principal characters come together thirty years after the Korean War to seek a sort of catharsis from their shared past experiences The past is revealed through bits and pieces throughout the book and the book contains hints along the way that it s leading up to a final and ultimate climatic incident from their past It is the suspense of this coming revelation that pulls the reader s interest through to the end of the book It is my understanding that the tragic incident described in the first chapter is based upon experience of the author s father as a child refugee in the Korean War It s a story that will haunt the reader The author does a neat job of bringing up this story again at the end of the book to wrap up the story into a satisfying conclusion However this is NOT a feel good novel It s clear that the author s intent was to explore the lifelong damaged done to the psyche of those who have been exposed to violence and regret at an early age However it s my observation that author tried to depict the tortured nature of their souls by exploring their sexual desires and actions I wish the reader could have been provided than a glimpse of their inner feelings and motivations In short there s too much sex for me and not enough psychology in this book I tried to judge the appropriateness of this book for a reading group The book contains much good discussion material but the emphasis on sexual matters could turn off many readers I ll probably not recommend itIt s interesting to note that a book about the 1859 Battle of Solferino in Italy plays a symbolic role in this story That battle is a symbol of suffering leading to hope The immense suffering caused by the Battle of Solferino and witnessed by Henry Dunant inspired him to a campaign which led to the founding of the Red Cross

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How love and war inalterably change the lives of those they touch June Han was only a girl when the Korean War left her orphaned Hector Brennan was a young GI who fled the petty tragedies of his small town to serve his country When the war ended their lives collided at a Korean orphanage where they vied for the attentions of Sylvie Tanner the beautiful yet deeply damaged missionary wife whose elusive love seemed to transform everything Thirty years later and on the other side of the world June and Hector are reunited in a plot that will force them to come to terms with the mysterious secrets of their. What happens to life after you survive the atrocities and randomness of war Chang rae Lee examines the deep intricacies of this uestion and its ramifications in THE SURRENDURED portraying three survivors Korean War China Japan War whose lives mesh at an orphanage somewhere in South Korea after liberation From that common crossroad the lives of Sylvie a missionary wife Hector a GI and June a Korean orphan are forever intertwined shadowed by pervasive doom pitted against the human need to endure Lee s strength has always been with his exceptional prose the constantly surprising and original use he puts to words and a sheer magnificence in the way those mere words rise up to deliver stunning revelations of simple truths in what makes us human This book is rich in that tradition I have tagged than one hundred sections that moved me to wonderment It s also probably the most physical and sensory book I have ever read especially redolent in smells There s a lot of sex and vivid description of sensation and Lee s intense focus on physicality in itself seems to reflect the characters bodily will to continue life even as their hearts are blackened by tragedy It is an intense and absorbing read frightening for what we do to ourselves and how despite all the darkness and violence we create in the name of war some continue to persist in a semblance of life and helplessly pass along the damage of war to those they touch as they reach out with a last shred of hopefulness Is it all in vain That s the uestion Lee poses in this masterpiece of writing