The Ginseng Hunter: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Apr 15, 2008 - Fiction - 192 pages
28 Reviews
A Chinese ginseng hunter lives alone in the valley, where he spends his days preparing for winter. He is scarcely aware of the larger world until shadowy figures, floating bodies, and rumors of murder begin to intrude on his cherished solitude. Then, on a trip to Yanji, he meets a young North Korean prostitute. Through her vivid tales, the tragedy occurring across the river unfolds, and soon the hunter realizes that the fates of the young woman and four others rest in his hands.An unforgettable look at life along the fragile border between China and North Korea, The Ginseng Hunter is a confirmation of Jeff Talarigo's talent for finding humanity in the most unexpected places.


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User Review  - Toni - Goodreads

While not as captivating as His first novel, The Pearl Diver, I found this book a true insight into the harsh reality of North Korean life today. The Ginseng Hunter is men who wants nothing more than ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

A sad, subtle, time-piece story set in China. Talarigo writes in segments - often less than three pages at a time - and leaves nearly all of the characters nameless. While I didn't connect deeply to them, I found their stories gentle and touching. ...a quick read. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
26
Section 3
39
Section 4
103
Section 5
137
Section 6
177
Section 7
178
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JEFF TALARIGO won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award for his widely acclaimed first novel, The Pearl Diver. After living in Japan for almost fourteen years, he, with his wife and son, moved back to the United States in 2006. He was awarded a fellowship at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. The Ginseng Hunter is his second novel.


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