Friday, October 3, 2008
The Grass Roof by Younghill Kang
Autobiographical novel of a scholar’s son’s coming of age in small village during the Japanese occupation, though that is felt with some distance. Kang focuses on classical education in that era, traditions for holidays and ceremonies, schooling, friends, family dynamic, a detailed account of Sam-Il, and finally emigration to America as young man. The prequel to Kang's seminal EAST GOES WEST.