During World War II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or "comfort women" for their soldiers. This is one woman's riveting story of strength, courage, and promises kept.
In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja-hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army. Before they leave home, their mother gives them a magnificent antique comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon, saying it will protect them. The sisters suffer terribly at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war, Ja-hee must flee while her sister lies dying. Ja-hee keeps her time as a comfort woman a secret while she struggles to rebuild her life. She meets a man in North Korea who shows her what true love is. But the communists take him away in the middle of the night, and she escapes to the South. There, she finally finds success as the country rebuilds after the Korean War. However when her terrible secret is revealed, she's thrown into poverty. In the depths of despair, she's tempted to sell the comb with the two-headed dragon that she believes has no magic for her. Then one day she discovers its true meaning and her surprising heredity. And now she must find the only person who can carry on the legacy of the two-headed dragon...someone she abandoned years ago.
Set within the tumultuous backdrop of 20th-century Korea, Daughters of the Dragon by Mayhaven Award-winning author William Andrews will make you cry and cheer for Ja-hee. And in the end, you'll have a better understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm.
©2014 William Andrews (P)2014 William Andrews
I never knew these women even existed. This book tells the story through the eyes of a modern woman but mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers from all spectrums of society cannot fail to be moved and humbled by the life stories of these women. Even after the war, 7 decades on, they are still not recognised in Japan's history
"Great book! Don't like the narrator"
Very clipped speech style that took away from my enjoyment of this very interesting book. I should have read it instead of listening.
"Destroyed by the narrator"
Absolutely as long as it was a different narrator.
I am about half way through listening to the book. Unfortunately I am so distracted by the awful narration that I have to keep going back to hear the story. I am only persevering because the actual story is so interesting but I am ot convinced I will be able to make it all the way. Such a pity.
It is only out of respect to the author and the subject matter that I am continuing to listen to the excruciating narration.
"This is not fiction."
If history is written by the victors, how do we keep finding massive cover-ups like this? Holocaust deniers, masked and hidden histories? The story unfolds in painful and specific detail. I appreciate that. Truth does indeed help minimize shame. Great story telling. Don't quite understand where the narrator is coming from in her interpretation. Sounded condescending. But maybe not.
"didn't know this occurred"
I really liked this book it opened my eyes to a situation I didn't know occurred
"A VEY GOOD READ"
Captivating, fascinating heart-warming
When she finally made love
No, but she was clear, made the story interesting
The 3 main characters.
I have enjoyed stories Asia women since my teen years. This story kept me on the edge of my seat. I read the book in 3 days ( full time student) b/c I had to study.
"The narration was TERRIBLE!"
A descriptive tale of what one woman suffered and endured in WWII Asia. I did not find the writing particularly good but the story held my interest. For an audiobook though, this was almost impossible for me to listen to. The narrator had some weird affectation with long pauses between words, giving it an interrupted, staccato feel. I don't know if it was her attempt to sound Asian? It was almost like listening to randomly-read words that had been spliced together by dubbing machine. I kept waiting for her to smooth out her reading but it never happened. I ended up listening at 1.5x speed just to get through. I probably would have enjoyed reading this as a traditional book. I really have no idea how they chose this woman to narrate.
"They didn't cover this in my history classes..."
I was really... horrified. There is so much to cover when a child is in school and learning about the world. I know not all world events can be covered but... never, never had I heard about this. I want to thank the narrator, Valerie, for offering me this book. I am off to Google the besheeshus out of this slice of (eye opening) history
I hesitate to say I realized how woefully ignorant of Korean history I was lest future listeners/readers think this is a history book. It is so much more.
I laughed and cried as I watched the characters develop and eventually ROAR! And along the way I learned about the history of Korea, Japan, Russia, and somewhat sadly, my own beloved country, the United States of America.
Don't skip this one!
I immediately loved the characters and my heart broke so many times. This book was rich, true, and inspiring. It pains me to know that comfort women actually existed and that to this day, Japan has not truly apologized. Shame!
Everyone should listen to this story.
I learned so much. Introduced history with a story of courageousness. Touches upon circumstances still occurring to this very day.
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