The Vegetarian

A Novel

by Han Kang

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Publisher's Weekly •  Buzzfeed •  Entertainment Weekly •  Time •  Wall Street Journal •  Bustle •  Elle •  The Economist •  Slate •  The Huffington Post • The St. Louis Dispatch •  Electric Literature


A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul

 
Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams—invasive images of blood and brutality—torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It’s a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that’s become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself.
 
Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman’s struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.


Recent Reviews

The Vegetarian

Ailyn Koay

5 Stars

I requested this from Blogging For Books because curiosity got the better of me, Han Kang is a South Korean writer and…

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Is vegetarianism acceptable, sir?

SIMAY YILDIZ

4 Stars

Before I started writing this review, I typed “being vegetarian in South Korea” to see what came up. According to…

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The Vegetarian

Katie Crichton

3.5 Stars

I liked the writing style and imagery used in this book.  The plot was unique and unpredictable--it definitely did not go where I thought it might! I'm a big fan of Murakami, and some elements of this book reminded me of his works.…

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Amazing book

Demi Kayode

4 Stars

i loved this books so much it had so much compassion and…

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