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Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945) Najin’s upper class family has to endure a lot of hardship. She is caught between her father’s old Confucian ideas of a woman’s place and the more liberal opportunities offered through education from Christian missionary schools during the occupation. Her father struggles to adapt to a new era as his aristocratic lifestyle turns to dust and his name means nothing under foreign rule.
Yes I felt frustrated with Najin's father’s patriarchic attitude and had to remind myself that these were different times. But the story itself is fascinating. The storyline moves at a gentle pace. It's about endurance and respect and doing one's duty as we follow the family from Najin's childhood to the end of the war when she is a married woman.
It's obviously more difficult to narrate a story with foreign words and characters. And the narrator did not seem to be familiar with the romanisation system of Korean and so there are some pronunciation issues. That's just a small point though. Overall I enjoyed listening to this book.