Constable Around the Green oE SofaJin who has been managing a regional branchffice for a number Lone Star Rising (Texas Rangers, of years is much to his relief being transferred back to Seoul with his new wife Seo and their 100 dayld baekil baby But en route they get tangled up with some local rowdy youth and the bright lights Busters First Snow of Seoul remain literally justut f sight Prior to the expiration date its assumed that the condition is perfectly maintained Right after the expiration date it s assumed that the condition has immediately broken down At that point we discard them regardlessCanning FactoryAnother in the why do we bother theme although with a twist The plant manager f a canning factory whose workers don t just can the goods they are supposed to suddenly disappears and a senior worker Park takes his place Just like the Thérèse Raquin opening story Park finds himself doing exactly the things his predecessor did and the story collection as well as life comes full circleWorthwhile I like writing style I hope the story line develop little mote 25 starsWith the Winter Olympics being held in Pyeongchang South Korea I thought it would be fitting to read a workf Korean literature during the month Women in Therapy of February and a collectionf short stories from an author that is advertised as a modern Franz Kafka definitely sounded appealing I am very much fond Il Poeta of works that areutside Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3 of the box and absurdist as well so for its face value this collection looked like it was just what I was looking for Unfortunately I felt that this collection was mediocre at best While the concepts were great the characters were zero dimensional While giving little depth to these characters could be a strategy there was nothing that these characters had toffer that gave me the reader any interest to want to continue reading forwardThe stories in this collection wereRabbit s Tomb A man takes in an abandoned rabbit and cares for it all while he is neglecting what he has found to be an insignificant job There was an interesting snippet about how and why rabbit s are freuently abandoned as pets and how children are known for getting bored My Body-Mine of what ever animal it is they get as a pet but specifically rabbitsEvening Proposal Kim and his friend are preparing a funeral for a dying man all while he is preparing to turn down a commitment to someone he is datingMonotonous Lunch A man is stuck in his routinef eating the same lunch taking the same train and fulfilling the same kind f job in a copy room day after day Will a sudden death that happens right before this man s eyes change that routineWould You Like to Take a Tour Bus S and K work with storage compartments as movers What happens when they find themselves n a tour busOut for a Walk A man and his pregnant wife move into new living uarters in rder to fulfill his job but there is a guard dog within the uarters that is bound to be a handful for this coupleJungle Gym A man s confidence is tested through a business tripRoom with a Beige Sofa JIN HIS WIFE SEO AND THEIR his wife Seo and their adjust to living in a new houseCanning Factory The strict but punctual plant manager f a canning factory does not show up Ipso Facto one day drawing suspicionn his disappearanceA lot The John Wyndham Omnibus of these concepts were interesting and I feel that this material will be subject to rereading and studying for its usef absurdism at some point in time As works that exercise your mind and are meant to be thought about critically this did a good job As stories though they were difficult to get through with uninteresting characters and a vague ability to set the scene I feel that with a writer like Franz Kafka the information
we learned about him and his ability to not limit his boundaries had learned about him and his ability to not limit his boundaries had impact Sea Chase on how we saw his writing I would even say that George Saunders writes in a similar manner and with a work like The Semplica Girl Diaries it explores anutlandish idea but it connects to a very logical argument These stories do not engage in this practice They are very dullI may return to looking Comandante Che: Guerrilla Soldier, Commander, and Strategist, 1956-1967 over somef these works at some point in time but for now I did not enjoy this and would not encourage thers to check this ut There are so many MINECRAFT: Crazeballs Memes and Jokes: Unofficial Minecraft Book (Minecraft, Minecraft Secrets, Minecraft Stories, Minecraft Books For Kids, Minecraft Meme Book, Minecraft Comics, Minecraft Xbox) other better absurdist writers like Franz Kafka George Saunders and Lewis Carroll I found it difficult to read and a bit boring Mostly because all the short stories werer less the same and had the same ending which was that there was no definite ending thus for someone like me it was infinitely bothersome However there was a lot The Graduate of concepts worth thinking Pyun Hye Young s Evening Proposal translated by Youngsuk Park and Gloria Cosgrove Smith electronic review copy courtesyf Dalkey Archive Press is yet another work from the Library Wisp of a Thing of Korean Literature series Once again we have a collectionf short stories eight in total each about twenty pages long and while the pieces have no real connection in terms Monkey taming of charactersr content there are some strong themes running throughout the collectionOne I Was Spock: Leonard Nimoy of these is repetition with severalf the protagonists trapped in a mind numbing circular existence However trapped is probably the wrong word here as they are ften uite content to do the same Thing Day In Day Out As Typified day in day ut as typified the hero The Dawning of a New Age of Monotonous Lunch The same thing for lunch every day Every day he ate the same thing the Set A menu from the cafeteria in the Schoolf Liberal Arts And the Set A menu was always the same It included rice soup kimchi and three side dishes The three side dishes did consist f something different each day but the verall menu was so similar from An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World one day to the next that by the time he wasn his way home he could barely remember what side dishes he d eatenchokengtitiktitikchokeng49 Monotonous Lunch Dalkey Archive Press 2016Don t feel too sorry for Hunter Hunted our hapless friend changing his routine Job performance has no significance while taking refuge in taking caref an abandoned rabbit to a man who finally expresses his love to discover that his expression frightened him than his fe. He would from time to time get a paper cut and that was the Archivio Per Lo Studio Delle Tradizioni Popolari, Volume 13 only typef scar he d ever haveEvening Proposal by Pyun Hye Young is another in the very worthwhile Dalkey Archive Library Ricettario amoroso di una pasticciera in fuga of Korean Literature and the 16thf the 26 book series I have readThis is a short story collection 8 stories all a very uniform 20 24 pages This is an important genre in Korean literature arguably the dominant Lo strano caso del barista scomparso one but not my personal favourite form and that rather influenced my viewf the book The stories seem to stop just as they get going and while there is some commonality A Part of Speech of theme these are ultimately individual storiesriginally published separately in various publications before being bought together in this collection and if anything some f the common themes wore a little with repetition However I very much look forward to the forthcoming novels in English from Pyun Hye YoungThe translation is by Park Youngsuk and Gloria Cosgrove Smith both new to me It certainly reads well although there was the dd awkward phrase For example the The Year After opening story features thedd English phrase And Quiet Flows the Don older alumnus multiple 20 times This would be a literal translationf the Korean but it is a much natural and common term in Korean and here in English mentor senior superior would all work much better Even Sailing Promise: Around the World on a Catamaran odder checking the Korean the word used appears to be which anyway is closer to the English words I suggested Translators such as the inaugral MBI winning Deborah Smith Jung Yewon at the highly literary endf the spectrum and Sora Kim Russell for natural English prose have rather raised the bar n Korean English and this isn t in that league Indeed ne can make a direct comparison in the Hunter's Moon opening story as Sora Kim Russell has also translated it albeit under the ratherdd title O Cuniculi at Words Without Borders Korean Prince of Lies original also here Taking a key line for example The Koreanriginal The translation in this book You must catch and brings back the targeted Slow Dance object thelder alumnus continued It s as simple as that What to catch and what to do with it afterwards broil boil throw away L'arcobaleno negli occhi or stuff making those decisions isn t the role for a hunting dog nosing through the woods It is for thewner who Postcards from Vermont: A Social History, 1905-1945 orders and watches Therefore all the dog has to do is run in the field even to his death until he makes the catchRabbit TombSora Kim Russell s version reads naturally and compactly You retrieve the game The master decides what to catch and whether to roast it boil it toss itut Fire On The Mountain or stuff it Not the hunting dog racing through the woods The master gives the command then watches as you run like mad until the game is caught Rabbit Tomb O CuniculiRabbit Tomb was actual my favouritef the stories although in part because I read it first before several Polska other similar tales A rather haunting talef the futile empty and monotonous life Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology of a clerical worker sentn assignment to a distant city and his wn self comparison to an abandoned rabbit he finds in a city park As he gazed into the eyes relief at the thought that he was not the nly ne in this world relief at the thought that he was not the nly I Am Ocilla one in this world eyes red from exhaustion washedver him from the Kim Russell versionThe Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and Millais other stories can be summarised as For him the real disasters disasters far worse than earthuakesr tsunamis were the Peppermint Tea occasions when the flowers in the shop faded before he could sell them the misfortune he feared was the misfortune that affectednly him while the rest f
the world was well and safeEvening proposalA rather cynical flower seller is world was well and safeEvening proposalA rather cynical flower seller is to wait late into the evening at a funeral parlour while an elderly man who he knew many years ago stubbornly cling n to life Meanwhile he conduct his love life the evening proposal Zhang Xin: On the Return to China over the phone His heart pounded as he franticallypened the door 親指の恋人[oyayubi no koibito] of the copy room thirty minutes later than usual The restf the world remained calmly unaware f his being late for the first time in his life He would from time to time get a paper cut and that was the nly type Eureka Street of scar he d ever haveMonotonous lunchThis contains my favourite line in the book a wonderful descriptionf the rather sad and empty state to which humankind has been reduced by clerical work It took them uite a while to find a word with nly two syllables starting with b clerical work It took them uite a while to find a word with nly two syllables starting with b meant an unnecessary r useless thing Would you like to take a tour busAnother in the pointlessness f most jobs theme as two I nostri giorni con Anna office workers are sentn an Ferrugem Americana odd assignment to take a mysterious package to an unknown destination It wasn t the sudden flightf birds Storie ciniche or even the thoughtf a wild boar that stopped him walking Party in the Blitz on the forest It was the mayflies that hovered around himOut for a walk Onef the dystopian and disturbing stories and closer to Pyun s earlier work as an The Russians Tender Lover (The Sisterhood, office worker and his wife are sent to a rural branchffice where they find nature invading their lives There are no legal issues here he had asked not being aware in three beginning that uestioning Baik s Fred Cress: Stages orders wouldn t be appreciated Later he came to realise that Baik regarded that uestion as an expressionf agreement He The Nibelungenlied only wished that the accounting methods weren t illegalr if they were illegal they d at least be handled clandestinelyJungle GymAn accountant who has been cooking the books for his boss is sent Cleopatra's Palace: In Search of a Legend outf town Enquanto a Inglaterra dorme on a business trip before the auditors arrive Theld sofa was a symbol Happy Ever After: Escaping Narrative Traps About How to Live of their cramped tiresome life in company housing tucked away in a small cityFinally she chose a beige sofa designed for a four member family The leather upholstery was strong it soft It looked like the delicious layersf a freshly baked pie and it seemed it couldn t possibly contain any spiral shaped springs nailed wood Werewolf PTA or cheap sponge This beige sofa was to represent Jin and Seo s new life togetherRoom With A Beig. Evening Proposal is a collectionf eight stories about the grim and The Little Demon often faceless naturef urban life Faintly reminiscent f Franz Kafka the stories range from a man who discovers that his. .
R his diet makes him nervous and even when a major disruption ccurs in his life the Vademecum Per Gli Operatori Nei Beni Culturali Ecclesiastici only way he knows how to react is to crawlff to his small Chicana Falsa: And Other Stories of Death, Identity, and Oxnard office to await the dawningf a new dull dayAnother story based Mass Murders on repetition is Canning Factory in which the Plant Manager s disappearance gradually turns into a realisation that life goesn The worker who was the last to see him gradually usurps his position almost without wanting to ending up in his boss s Blessed Are You Who Believed old company dormitory along with some sealed cans I wonder what s inside Here we see a lifef work for the sake Archeologia del Sottosuolo Metodologie a Confronto (2 Vol Set) of it with the cans gradually spreading into the workers lives to the extent that they prefer eating the stodge inside to better uality foodWork is a constant thread running through Pyun s stories and in manyf them there s a heavy focus Buried Secrets on doing what you re told without asking uestions This results in some bizarre situations where K Lit meets Kafka and thepening piece Rabbit Tomb is Exhibit A with a worker sent Operación Primicia: el ataque de Montoneros que provocó el golpe de 1976 on a short term stay to another town to gather information discovering that life in theffice can be rather anonymousThe Why Pandas Do Handstands office was like an enormous beehive composedf endless divisions subdivided by cubicles It was arranged by region and city and each cubicle was marked with a section indicator and a seat number so that it could be easily locatedchokengtitiktitikchokeng11 Rabbit Tomb In this lonely corporate atmosphere there are no conversations apart from when the worker hands in his useless pieces f paper every day Unable to contact his predecessor whom he knows is still in the town he spends most f his time caring for a rabbit he found in the local park but towards the end The List: el día en que mi vida cambió of his stay he senses that this may not have been the first time that these events haveccurred His actions unexpectedly may not have been as free as he thoughtThere are several stories in the collection based n work life and the bligations it entails In Jungle Gym an accountant is told to take a business trip mainly to get him away from snooping investigators back at the Submission With a Stranger office Our hapless friendbligingly goes and that s about it Would You Like to Take a Tour Bus pushes the idea to the next level as two low level workers K S are asked by their boss to deliver a sealed sack to a remote location As they change from trains to buses always waiting for a call telling them where to go next the boss himself is receiving Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn-Guerrilla Leader and Special Forces Hero orders from hiswn superiors the pair begin to wonder what s actually in the sack and whether the smell that s following them is coming from the contentsWhile most f the stories are enjoyable I wouldn t say they re all successful Room with a Beige Sofa sees a couple s drive to their new home interrupted by car trouble but the initial tense tone soon fizzles ut into a weak ambiguous ending Similarly the title story Evening Proposal has a flower shop The Rat and the Tiger ownerbliged by past ties make a journey to see a dying man The reader is left to fill in the
gaps between his conversations with an Pirate Princess old colleague and the man swn girlfriend and the story never uitebetween his conversations with an Otogi Zoshi: Volume 1 old colleague and the man swn girlfriend and the story never uite to workPyun is at her best when it all turns creepy and Arcadia onef my favourite stories Out for a Walk dials that up to eleven This The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances one is centredn the experiences Il bicchiere scrivente of a businessman transferred to a country town and caught between the presencef a friendly dog and the sensitivities Damaged of his pregnant wife it makes sense trust me Needing to resolve the issue he goes for a long walknly to discover that nature is very different to how it looks in moviesHis foot was caught and again he fell scraping his already sore knees He stepped Table For Two on a patchf slippery grass slid and fell again His sides throbbed with pain and still the mayflies continued their attack He didn t realize until he was Disney Manga: Descendants - The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Book 2 outf breath that he couldn t escape from them no matter how fast he ran because they weren t merely chasing him They were swarming all ver him They were nesting in himchokengtitiktitikchokeng110 Out for
Walk Would you believe me if I said that it Fol only gets worse from hereOnef the features The True Tale of Castaway Daniel Foss of the batchf the Library Myths and Legends of Russia of Korean Literaturefferings is extended commentaries by literary critics but not for the first time I found this ¿Quién yo? one a little convoluted Kim Hyeong jung s taken Pyun S Stories Revels s stories revels the decay and SJWs Never Lie: Censorship is Tolerance! Freedom is Slavery! Ignorance is Strength! ooze found in her work rather than any respectable person should the main problem here though is that the commentary actually focusesn the writer s earlier books It gives an insight into what else Pyun has been up to but it s not Il terrore viene per posta of much use in looking at this collectionHowever even if there are a few weak points there s a lot to like about Evening Proposal It s marked by a straight forward tone telling unusual stories about people sleep walking through their lives even when confronted by bizarre events and when Pyun gets it right the stories certainly leave an impression There sf her work coming in English with Sora Kim Russell s translation The Adventures of the Black Hand Gang of the novel The Holeut in August in the US from Arcade Publishing On the basis f this ne I think it might be work keeping an eye Bellezza crudele out for These stories all seem to share a themef being lost whether physically Encanto: New Poems or as in losing controlver The Return of the Dancing Master one s direction in lifer both The atmosphere is similar for each story and there are definitely certain themes monotonous work The Mother of All Meltdowns one s employment not mattering travel being stuck in a situation and not being able to getut etc I m sure there are parallels that I m not catching as well like the life The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future of the rabbit probably being a metaphor for the lifef the protagonist Regardless I enjoyed these I wish I had spaced each story Dark Wind out a bit so I could come back to them with breaks in between I might do that the next time I read Pyun s Hye young s work. Ar in anticipating the event Evening Proposal reissues the warning that therderliness and system that civilization created in Doctor Who: The War Doctor: Infernal Devices order to confront nature's chaos is in fact the hellf monotony.a Walk Would you believe me if I said that it nly gets worse from hereOne Kejsarn av Portugallien of the featuresf the