Review: The White Book

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Review for "The White Book" by Han Kang (2019)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Ok, so this one’s been on my TBR list for a while. This is a short review because it’s not much meat on this one. It’s a minimalist manifesto dedicated to all things…well, white. Duh.

In this book, author Han Kang makes of a list of things that are white (fog, snow, smoke, etc) and writes short, meditative-style vignettes about each of them. It’s a concept kinda book with a minimalist style with writing that’s definitely good but I couldn’t help but feel as if I was ‘missing’ something that wasn’t there, perhaps something between the lines.

Maybe one has to be in the right kind of mood “get” this book or something. Either way, this volume wasn’t for me. I won’t stop reading Han Kang though.

Read this if you’re into experimental writing.

4 thoughts on “Review: The White Book”

      1. I started ‘The Vegetarian’ at one point but ended up not finishing it. I think I’ll give it another go soon, though. btw, because of my OCD and general anxiety issues my therapist doesn’t want me reading stuff with sexual violence in it. I heard ‘The Vegetarian’ has some rape or something in it, and I was wondering whether the way it’s written is really graphic or not? If it isn’t, maybe I can still read it.

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      2. Hmmm…come to think of it, yes, it is kind of violent in certain places. Not sexually, but there are some pretty disturbing visions the character has, plus scenes that involve cruelty to animals.

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