Thursday, June 30, 2016

"I had a dream."  That is what Yeong-hye told her husband when he found her in the kitchen throwing out all the meat.  Before the dreams, Yeong-hye filled her days being a good, complacent wife. 
She announces to her husband and then her parents and sister and brother that she doesn't eat meat.  This puts her family in an uproar, where they try to force their will on her.  The Vegetarian tells Yeong-hye's show of independence that eventually progressed into her mental illness, from the perspective of her husband, her brother-in-law, and her sister. 

This is a dark novel that delves into what people expect from us, and how our past can effect us.  When you do something out of the norm is it someone else that has the right to make decisions for us and how we want to live, even if what we are doing is not healthy for us.  I'm not really sure how I feel about this novel, but it definitely is thought provoking, and I believe it will stay with me for a long time.  I wasn't sure how to rate this but for now I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.  I may go back and lower it at a later date.

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