Once the Shore: Stories

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 29, 2010 - 280 pages
2 Reviews
So persuasive are Yoon's powers of invention that I went searching for his Solla Island somewhere off the mainland of South Korea not realizing that it exists only in this breathtaking collection of eight interlinked stories...Yoon's writing results in a fully formed, deftly executed debut. The lost lives, while heartbreaking, prove illuminating in Yoon's made-up world, so convincing and real. To read is truly to believe. San Francisco Chronicle ''Paul Yoon writes stories the way Faberg made eggs; with untold craftsmanship, artistry, and delicacy. Again and again another layer of intricacy is revealed, proving that something as small as a story can be as satisfying and moving as a Russian novel. Ann Patchett ''These are lovely stories, rendered with a Chekhovian elegance. They span from post - World War II to the new millennium, with characters of different ethnicities, yet each story has a timelessness and relevance that's haunting and unforgettable. Yoon is a sparkling new writer to welcome and celebrate. Don Lee ''these are splendid stories, at once lyrical and plain-spoken and full of unusual realities. Once the Shore is a kind of fantastic Korean gazetteer that tours us confidently through unpredictable incidents and often startling conversations. Paul Yoon's writing is erotic, haunting, original and worldly. Howard Norman Spanning over half a century from the years just before the Korean War to the present the eight stories in this collection reveal an intricate and unforgettable portrait of a single island in the South Pacific. Novelistic in scope, daring in its varied environments, Once the Shore introduces a remarkable new voice in international fiction.
 

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

Very interesting set of short stories set on a Korean island by a Korean-American writer. These stories delighted me with their poetry and the depth of Yoon's imagination and perception. Read full review

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User Review  - theageofsilt - LibraryThing

These are muted, spare stories of loss set on an island in Korea. Most deal with the lives of villagers, - fishermen, the women who dive for mussels and clams, a woodcarver, and others. Their grief is ... Read full review

Contents

AMONG THE WRECKAGE
30
FACES TO THE FIRE
55
SO THAT THEY DO NOT HEAR US
83
THE WOOD CARVERS DAUGHTER
110
LOOK FOR ME IN THE CAMPHOR TREE
156
AND WE WILL BE HERE
195
THE HANGING LANTERN SOF IDO
231
AUTHORS NOTE
263
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