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    Characters The Surrendered Chang-rae Lee ¹ 7 Download Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 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 sho

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    Characters The Surrendered Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 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 Th

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    Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 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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    Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 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

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    Chang-rae Lee ¹ 7 Download Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Chang-rae Lee Characters The Surrendered In “The Surrendered” Chang Rae Lee examines the ruinous effects of the Korean War on two survivors a child June who loses her entire family in the flight of civilian refugees southward down the Korean peninsula and an American soldier Hector Brennan caught in the same retreat “The journey was nearly over” the book begins; a curious start for a long novel that is about endurance than endings During this first chapter we’

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    Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 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 inte

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    Characters The Surrendered Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Chang-rae Lee There are a few prized novels in memory that ransacked me raw and bare while simultaneously enveloping me whole and full This is a gli

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    Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 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

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    Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 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 The

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    Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 Gut wrenchingly sad and modestly joyful in alternating scenes A racing crescendo bounding toward and end but backward and forward in time I stretched the reading of this book out too far but still felt its grip as if I had never put it downIt's for people with a bleak outlook on life and think that there may not really be happiness outside of leaving this world It's for people who think that the world is comprised of half truths and lies wi

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Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 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 There are a few prized novels in memory that ransacked me raw and bare while simultaneously enveloping me whole and full This is a glittering example of one a slow burn of a book that ignites slowly gradually like kindling around a giant bole For the first half of the book I admit I wasn t seduced I wasn t taken or thrown or fiercely engaged For approximately 200 pages I held on ambivalently Even my reader s body language was telling the pages at arm s length the angle of my body twisted away from the book I was impatient for a gainful lift off I was poised to relinuish it for another I needed a release a cry a laugh a scream of my ownBut there were embers flaring below the text I trusted in the story s elemental power despite my lack of commitment even though I wasn t yet appreciably moved I respected its lean stark clean atmospheric prose and the elegant construction but I didn t know if it was gathering momentum or dust Was the story going to progress in one plaintive note Fortunately I stayed with it because once it does reach that point of critical mass about halfway give or take several dozen pages it sears you with its ferocity The narrative tension accelerates the symbols and motifs are in full bloom and the raw power of this epic story is manifestTHE SURRENDERED is now a treasured book for me And although it is austere OK bleak it is not relentlessly dreary as a reading experience There is an exciting current of electricity that carries you to astonishing emotional depths It has contours corners cuspsI don t want to tell readers too much and I urge you not to read reviews that give away major plot points and milestones in this powerful journey of redemption The experience of turning the pages in discovery is paramount to its visceral immediate pleasure But even if you have already read bits about these characters or circumstances nothing can remove the lingering exaltation once you close the final pages This is a tour de force that is impossible to shake off The characters are fleshed out and organic in every aspect of being They are coiled agonized individuals but what makes them so tremendous is their brazen tenacity They are cultural outsiders alienated and severed but savagely resilient They are singular wretched creatures who infinitely penetrate the reader cruel but sympathetic elusive and yet naked authentically humanThree lives intersect in 1953 in this story that spans fifty years in backwardforward time seuences from the 1930 s to the 1980 s June Han is a refugee from the Korean War when she is brought to an orphanage in the early 1950 s By the age of 11 she had already suffered devastating adversity enduring periodic starvation and witnessing unspeakable violence Hector Brennan is a benighted ex GI from Ilion New York a damaged young man who is already shorn of any noble ideals depraved and sodden with whoring and drink and who comes to the orphanage to work the physically strenuous jobs of construction and repair Sylvie Tanner is the comely and mercurial wife of the Reverend Ames Tanner She is the daughter of missionaries and is accustomed to being uprooted and exposed to shocking conditions Sylvie and her husband oversee and teach at the orphanage with dedication and generous benevolenceSylvie has a haunting past and is drawn to June s gripping isolation Hector s derelict history and provocative good looks are eual burdens June is terrified and truculent insatiable greedy for Sylvie s maternal love all three are hollowed out and tormented Through Lee s brilliant and tightly controlled narrative the past is gradually revealed brick by brick masterfully woven into and through the story as it takes place thirty years hence At this future juncture June is searching for her prodigal son which is the seed for the redemptive action of the book and its germane themes of identity love and dislocationWar is a stern teacher Hector s father uoted from Thucydides from his perch at the bar In every pore of this story from the desolate burnt and barren fields of Korea to the grey skies and filthy streets of Hector s seedy combative youth to the shabby brittle and frail hope of the orphanage war communicates its harsh lessonsThis is a shattering phenomenal masterpiece If someone asked me to describe my response to this novel I would say I am undone I am complete A

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Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 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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Summary ☆ The Surrendered 107 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 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 worthy of four so without a half star option three it isThe book started out strongly you really felt that you were in the rice paddies on the train starving with June and her family The sections of the book set in Korea and China were definitely the best parts of the book Unfortunately the book jumped from past to present and the present day sections weren t as well written They had issues if you willI couldn t believe that Hector s experiences were so damaging that he became this shell of a man I just didn t get it Many people survive worse and go on to have some kind of meaningful life Hector s barroom experiences relationship with Dora Dora herself in fact relationship with the Korean friend etc just went on much too long None of it was that interesting and could have been covered in a dozen pages instead of a dozen chapters I truly didn t care about the Korean friend the money the friend owed to the dying mobster the mobster s dead daughter none of it had any relationship to the story except as background on HectorIn a similar vein while June s war experiences were horrible they didn t fully explain her adult actions in particular her relationship with her son Speaking of the son it was difficult to believe that a 22 year old would leave for Europe never to be seen again Sure June wasn t a perfect mother but she wasn t that bad and there was nothing to really explain why Nicholas vanished except that the author needed him to disappear to move the story forwardAlso June had this husband that we knew nothing about except a couple of brief mentions about the marriage and his death Since he sounded like a normal guy I was troubled by the fact that he never met his stepson or seemed to care that his wife had a vanished son None of it was believableLastly there was the book I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the book to be explained What was it about this book that sent a dying woman to end her life in a small Itialian town But at the end of the day it was just a book loved by Sylvie because it had come from her parents and loved by June because it came from Sylvie Perhaps if June had given it her her son he would never have left for Europe Oops then we wouldn t have had a reason to go to Europe to look for him and there goes half of the story You know maybe that wouldn t have been a bad thing

  • Hardcover
  • 480
  • The Surrendered
  • Chang-rae Lee
  • English
  • 15 May 2018
  • 9781594489761