Sparse language makes the reader create their own mental visual of the story. Yoon is a master at this in his story of a Korean soldier who was sent to Brazil by the UN to become an apprentice to a Japanese tailor
This tale, of a North Korean POW transplanted to a Brazilian town where he becomes a Japanese tailor’s apprentice, explores the strength and the limits of memory, the depth and the inadequacy of human connections, and the ways time both erases and adds meaning. It’s a tall order, and though there are beautiful sentences, the minimalist approach makes the task difficult to fulfill. But the characters retain dignity, even when uncertain of their direction.
might even want to read it in my hands with my eyes
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