For as long as Sookan can remember, the Japanese invaders have occupied her country and have attempted to strip away all aspects of Korean culture.
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Years ago, students had enthusiastically recommended this book to me. Enthused about historical fiction. Now this If I could give this novel more than five stars, I would!
Now this occurred around the year Before I was on Goodreads. I had a binder system of book lists, articles, notes, post-its. A fine collection of paper napkins covered with ink-smeared writing of book titles and author names.
A truly official and highly organized system of chaos. When I started cataloguing online all of my reading, I was so relieved. I overlooked and dismissed too many books. They liked reading, but were particular about what books they would recommend whole-heartedly.
I never forgot how passionately they talked about this story.
Several years ago I heard about Escape from Camp 14 on one of my favorite podcasts Books on the Nightstand. I listened to that audiobook and my memory of this historical fiction recommendation was jarred. The problem was that I could not remember the title except for the words impossible and goodbye.
Once I purchased a copy of the book, it sat on my bookshelf for a few years. At pages, I felt like I could read this novel in a weekend…easily. And I finally have. Sookan and several members of her family live outside of Pyongyang in fear of the Japanese.
The first half of the book records their constant fear in managing the sock factory for Captain Narita, the Japanese officer who represents the Japanese Empire and Our Heavenly Emperor. Any wrong word could cause the family to be separated.
Special punishments would be devised to break their spirit. Food rations would disappear.
Food distributed might be a bag of rice half-filled with sand. One of the most heart-breaking scenes is one of the first impossible goodbyes. Captain Narita arrives to take the sock girls away to the front lines where they will be comfort women who will give the soldiers special spirit to fight.
When Japan surrenders, the Russians arrive in Northern Korea, and they know just how to indoctrinate the terrified Koreans. Mother and Aunt Tiger are rightfully skeptical, but Sookan reacts positively to the friendly Russians with their festivities, songs, and huge meals.Except for a brief period during which she worked in the business world, she taught in public and parochial schools in New York and Massachusetts for 20 years while raising her two daughters.
Sook Nyul Choi is the author of Year of Impossible Goodbyes, a novel about year-old Sookan and her life in Korea during the aftermath of World War II. It has been translated into Korean, French, Italian, and /5.
Year of Impossible Goodbyes Summary & Study Guide Sook Nyul Choi This Study Guide consists of approximately 27 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Year of Impossible Goodbyes.
In , year-old Sookan's homeland of North Korea is occupied by the Japanese.
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The novel Year of Impossible Goodbyes can be divided into five basic sections: Exposition (1–47), Things Get Even Worse (48–63), Sookan in School (64–83), .