The Color of Water

The Color of Water

Book - 2009
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"When Ehwa goes to the town festival, she meets a handsome young wrestler named Duksam who's eager to catch her eye. After he wins the festival wrestling championship, he and Ehwa begin to meet, sneaking spare moments to be together. But a shadow falls on their romance when Master Cho sends Duksam away and asks for Ehwa's hand in marriage himself It is then that Ehwa discovers the pain of heartbreak--and that love is always complicated"--Publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2009
Edition: English ed., 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781596434592
1596434597
Characteristics: 318 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Na, Lauren

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Nakkid
Aug 22, 2014

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first book. The lyricism is still very poetic and beautiful, but I felt there was much more philosophy and less story progress. In fact, only a few events happen in this story, and the rest of it is mainly explanations of feelings and people coming to understand things or see things in a different perspective. I'll read onto the next book, just to see how the trilogy ends.

quagga Sep 20, 2009

I liked The Color of Earth better than this second graphic novel in Kim's trilogy based on stories told to him by his mother. He calls them "little gems from my mother's life at sixteen." Some of the episodes seem to be of a much younger girl's experience, which is partly why I didn't find the story entirely convincing. Ehwa's unfamiliarity with the shape of a man's penis, for example. On the other hand, her unfamiliarity with the similarity between the smell of chestnut blossoms and semen was fully plausible. The description of Ehwa's first experience with masturbation was overly twee and I think that extends to the rest of the book; too flowery and sweet. And then there's the repeated emphasis on the importance of looking pretty in order to attract a good man. On the plus side, the lush evocation of setting and culture - late 19th century village life in Korea - makes this an interesting read and Kim's delicate artwork is gorgeous. The close relationship between Ehwa and her widowed mother is another aspect that kept me turning the pages.

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Aug 22, 2014

Nakkid thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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the_bookwyrm
Sep 30, 2017

Sexual Content: moderate sexual content

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