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Recommended Reading - The Living Reed

The Living Reed
Recommended Reading - The Living Reed

The Living Reed, by Pearl S Buck, tells the history of Korea through the lives of one family. Buck paints an amazing portrait of the country, and makes us empathize with their struggle for sovereignty through her beautifully drawn characters.

This epic novel follows four generations of the Kim family, beginning with Il-han and his father, both advisors to the royal family in Korea. When Japan invades and the queen is killed, Il-han takes his family into hiding. In the ensuing years, he and his family take part in the secret war against the Japanese occupation.

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