A Most Ambiguous Sunday and Other Stories

A Most Ambiguous Sunday and Other Stories Considered an eccentric in the traditional Korean literary world Jung Young moon s short stories have nonetheless won numerous readers both in Korea and abroad most often drawing comparisons to Kafk

  • Title: A Most Ambiguous Sunday and Other Stories
  • Author: Young-moon Jung Jung Yewon Inrae You Vinciguerra Louis Vinciguerra
  • ISBN: 9781564789167
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Considered an eccentric in the traditional Korean literary world, Jung Young moon s short stories have nonetheless won numerous readers both in Korea and abroad, most often drawing comparisons to Kafka Adopting strange, warped, unstable characters and drawing heavily on the literature of the absurd, Jung s stories nonetheless do not wallow in darkness, despair, or negativConsidered an eccentric in the traditional Korean literary world, Jung Young moon s short stories have nonetheless won numerous readers both in Korea and abroad, most often drawing comparisons to Kafka Adopting strange, warped, unstable characters and drawing heavily on the literature of the absurd, Jung s stories nonetheless do not wallow in darkness, despair, or negativity Instead, we find a world in which the bizarre and terrifying are often put to comic use, even in direst of situations, and point toward a sort of redemption to be found precisely in the weirdest and most unsettling parts of life .

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    1. Another book that I have a different/higher opinion of than other GR reviewers.The blurb on the back of the book describes Jung Young Moon, the author of A Most Ambiguous Sunday, as "most often drawing comparisons to Beckett and Kafka" and "drawing heavily on the literature of the absurd." The claims are reasonable enough but I worry that they satisfy the prospective reader's curiosity about the author with a set of predefined stereotypes and drain them of motivation to actually read his work an [...]

    2. Cannot wait to publish Jung's amazing novel Vaseline Buddha in July. This short story collection is a perfect introduction to his work, also excited for Dalkey Archive's forthcoming novel from him called A Contrived World, and if there's one quote from this book that welcomes you into Jung's world of Kafka-meets-Beckett-via-South Korea brilliance, it is this one:"How pleasant it feels to walk briskly through the silver grass, letting the grass lash my face and chest with their tough stems! And h [...]

    3. A Most Ambiguous Sunday (review copy courtesy of the publisher) is a collection of fourteen lengthy stories by Korean writer Jung Young Moon, running in total to just under 300 pages. The back cover claims that the writer is “considered an eccentric in the traditional Korean literary world”, and having read this collection, I can only agree. Readers who enjoy simple stories with important things like plots and characters should probably move along – nothing for you to see here , I’m afra [...]

    4. With the back cover promoting Jung as Korea's Samuel Beckett, I set out to read this book with as much enjoyment as I get from Beckett's plays. However, it took me several month to finish this book because reading it felt like pulling teeth to me.More than being difficult to read, the introspective, self-reflective nature of the short stories kept pushing me into my own introspective thoughts and make me read while not absorbing anything. It is a strange quality in a book rather than to pull the [...]

    5. In between like and dislike-- strange, 'plain' and questionable but somehow charming and sentimental. I like Drifting more than others (and i personally like the first paragraph of A Most Ambiguous Sunday, and the story itself was okay): if i could read the stories in its original language, i might have this book on my favorite shelf, i think.

    6. You'd have to like "post-modern" fiction to enjoy this set of stories that intend to use semi-random collections of memories and thoughts as plots.I'm not that guy.If you are? Go to town.The first story "Mrs. Brown" was most enjoyable to me and can also be purchased individually in the ASIA Publishers series of Korean fiction

    7. Strangee vivid feelings I felt just a moment ago have vanished and now everything is ambiguous to me. I barely feel the existence of anything. And today, which hasn't even ended yet, already feels like ancient history, like some long-forgotten day from my childhood. All the days seem like Sunday, too, as if only Sunday exists,' he mumbles.목신의 어떤 오후by 정 영문 (Jung Young-Moon) has been translated into English as "A Most Ambiguous Sunday and other stories". "목신의 어떤 오 [...]

    8. I am going to chalk this one up to probably missing some sort of cultural goings-on. Other than three of these stories, I was utterly bored. My guess is that these are commentaries in one manner or other on Korean society, but without a familiarity on my end, they just end up missing the mark and coming off as empty little vignettes of abnormal life.At the end of this book (as with the four prior entries into the Library of Korean Literature), I asked myself why the publishers would feel that th [...]

    9. This is the first book in a long, long time, where I just don't feel I can finish it. I just can't find a reason to keep going.

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