The White Book by Han Kang

“The White Book by Han Kang

A book about colour? Yes it’s about colour, but also about the author’s life. Her mother had children before her, but they didn’t survive. This book seems to be about the author working through the pain but also wondering what her life would be like if her siblings had survived.

The book is organized by words of white things. For every thing, for example Salt, the author recounts a feeling, anecdote or a short story from her past. The whole book is very short but it’s a very interesting book. The stories are all over the place but they do sort of connect together and they keep circling back to the author’s siblings that died just a few hours after birth. I’ve never read a book just based on a colour but it seems the right way to write this book.

In Asia, white is the colour for death. You have white flowers at the funeral of people. This book is about death but I don’t want to scare you off, it’s a beautiful book as much about life as death.

This author, Ms. Kang also has written some other powerful books like The Vegetarian, and Human Acts. If you haven’t read her yet, you should!

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #65 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge

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