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The multi-million-copy-selling international best seller.

Ms Kim Jiyoung is a sibling made to share a room with her sister while their little brother gets a room of his own. 

Ms Kim Jiyoung is a schoolgirl who has to line up behind the boys in the lunch queue. Ms Kim Jiyoung is a daughter whose father blames her for being harassed late at night.

Ms Kim Jiyoung is a good student who doesn’t get put forward for internships. Ms Kim Jiyoung excels at her job but gets overlooked for promotion. Ms Kim Jiyoung is a wife who gives up her career and independence for a life of domesticity.

Ms Kim Jiyoung has started acting strangely.

Ms Kim Jiyoung is depressed.

Ms Kim Jiyoung is mad.

Ms Kim Jiyoung is her own woman.

Ms Kim Jiyoung is every woman.

Ms Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is the South Korean sensation which has got the whole world talking. The life story of one young woman born halfway across the globe at the end of the 20th century raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional oppression which are relevant to us all.

Riveting, original and uncompromising, this is the most important book to have emerged from South Korea since Han Kang’s The Vegetarian.

©2019 Cho Nam-Joo (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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  • 14-12-20

Very insightful.

I really enjoyed this book. It was fascinating to see the lives of women in countries other than your own and how societal pressure and misogyny can quite literally cause someone to completely lose themselves. A good read!

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A story that may stay with you

This is a story told quite simply with no huge events or twists and turns. Just one woman's life experiences. However I found myself thinking about it long after I'd finished listening to it. Beautifully and insightfully written.

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All about Korean feminism

I somehow thought the book was about a personal drama, yet it turned out to have an agenda for highlighting the extent of women's oppression in the Korean society.

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Revealing

I am starting to take a greater interest in Korean culture recently due to my new daughter in law being Korean. This is very informative, interesting, sad and moving. I think it says a lot about various cultural 'norms' not just Korean.

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First audio book!

Really enjoyed this. Found the narrators voice very easy to listen to. A very interesting story.

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  • 09-04-20

a must-read for every person

This book will break your heart... and still, you have to listen to it as it tells you the story of every woman in this modern world... even if motherhood is not on the road ahead, it made me face the struggles in the workplace and family life that I have to push away to the back of my head in order to keep going.

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