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The Island of Sea Women: A Novel

The Island of Sea Women: A Novel

Écrit par Lisa See

Raconté par Jennifer Lim


The Island of Sea Women: A Novel

Écrit par Lisa See

Raconté par Jennifer Lim

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4.5/5 (317 évaluations)
Longueur:
13 heures
Sortie:
Mar 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781508266877
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Description

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times best-selling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War, and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous, physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story — one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them — The Island of Sea Women introduces listeners to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

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Mar 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781508266877
Format:
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À propos de l'auteur

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the Historymaker’s Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.


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  • (5/5)
    Great book, lovely listen. I would recommend. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
  • (5/5)
    A beautiful book, just beware that you might learn some things about Korean history that are quite unpleasant
  • (5/5)
    Another Lisa See novel that hooked me in from the opening page. I'm not particularly a fan of fiction, but I will dabble in historical fiction - Lisa's books are my exception. The moment I hear a new one is out I race to find it. The narration of this one was superb and I absolutely loved every word. Lisa has a way of adding heart and soul to her stories that seem to connect with my own experience even if I've never had an experience even remotely similar! I hope to see this story made into a film. Off to find my next book to listen to!
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic story enhanced by the way the narrator captures the spirit of the characters.
  • (5/5)
    Learning about a culture of women divers and learning about the history of Korea was interesting and sad. The strength of the women was amazing. The recounting of their spiritual selves was also wonderful. The transition of the main character very real.
  • (5/5)
    Simply the best! Everything about this book deserves five stars.
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful and heart wrenching story of friendship, loss and forgiveness. Definitely a must listen!
  • (5/5)
    Very nice. I finished the entire story. Which is not normal for me. I usually skip back and forth with books
  • (5/5)
    A wonderful story of friendship, love, and sorrow. Jennifer Lim’s beautiful narration brought me to tears more than once!
  • (5/5)
    What a well told story about the Haenyeon deep sea women divers of the island of Jeju South Korea. So many layers. Stories within stories. Tales of desperation, friendship, war with all the ugliness that can be mankind. And through it all, love. I had trouble putting this book down.
  • (5/5)
    A breath. A breath. A breath. Three simple phrases attached to who we are as people. As well as who we are to each other. I personally loved this book. A complex story surrounded by historical tragedy and loss. Yet, also a story embedded with deep rooted friendships- the extent of sorrow mixed in with the lack of or need of forgiveness. I found myself intertwined in the characters reflected in this story. I saw my own life experiences interspersed in the main characters. The ending helped me understand the necessity of just breathing out the toxicity and breathing in peace. This is my second book from Lisa See, again, I am mesmerized by her work. I highly recommend!
  • (5/5)
    So we’ll done! Beautiful symphony of words, sounds and sensations.
  • (5/5)

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    This book is incredible and intense. Humanity at it's very core, for the good and the bad. I put off reading this book for a very long time despite the excellent reviews. What a mistake. I can count on one hand the books that have stirred me to tears but this one of them.

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    A hole life in a magic place in tragic times and not only. History, tradition, progress , tragedies, love, friendship, loss , pain, anger , forgiveness. Womanhood. Family. Amazing novel, a must!!!

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  • (3/5)
    Mixed feelings about this one. It was a really good picture to the haaenyeo, and it depicts interesting things about the powerful Korean women... but I found the story a bit too long. Need to think a bit more about it.
  • (3/5)
    Far from her best. Slow to develop and main characters not particularly likable or interesting.