Beasts of a Little Land

Beasts of a Little Land

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In 1917, deep in the snowy mountains of occupied Korea, an impoverished local hunter on the brink of starvation saves a young Japanese officer from an attacking tiger. In an instant, their fates are connected—and from this encounter unfolds a saga that spans half a century.

In the aftermath, a young girl named Jade is sold by her family to Miss Silver’s courtesan school, an act of desperation that will cement her place in the lowest social status. When she befriends an orphan boy named JungHo, who scrapes together a living begging on the streets of Seoul, they form a deep friendship. As they come of age, JungHo is swept up in the revolutionary fight for independence, and Jade becomes a sought-after performer with a new romantic prospect of noble birth. Soon Jade must decide whether she will risk everything for the one who would do the same for her.

From the perfumed chambers of a courtesan school in Pyongyang to the glamorous cafes of a modernizing Seoul and the boreal forests of Manchuria, where battles rage, Juhea Kim’s unforgettable characters forge their own destinies as they wager their nation’s. Immersive and elegant, Beasts of a Little Land unveils a world where friends become enemies, enemies become saviors, heroes are persecuted, and beasts take many shapes.

Title:Beasts of a Little Land
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780063093577
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    Beasts of a Little Land Reviews

  • Juhea Kim

    Beasts of a Little Land is my debut novel, and after years of hard work I'm incredibly thrilled to see it out in the world very soon! I love it very much (biased!) and I hope it resonates with readers...

  • jessica

    oh wow. this is not a happy book. its honest and raw and shows how life doesnt always work out the way we might want it to. and its because of that, because nothing happened the way i wanted it to, it...

  • s.penkevich

    ‘Everyone dreams, but only some people are dreamers.’The 20th century was a whirlwind of change in Korea, from being annexed as a Japanese colony in 1910, to American occupation post-WWII and the ...

  • Thomas

    4 stars for an epic story of unrequited love, desperate poverty, and the brutality of the Japanese occupation of Korea. There are descriptions of graphic violence and rape for anyone who avoids such b...

  • Liz

    If I’m reading historical fiction, I want it to teach me something. This book does that in spades. I was aware that Japan had annexed Korea at the start of the 20th century, but unaware of the vario...

  • Jaidee

    1 "I just can't read this anymore..." star !!! Sorry Trish ! This book feels tedious, superficial and wooden and I just can't do it anymore....stopping at 44% This is how it makes me feel ...

  • Jenny Lawson

    Sweeping historical fiction that covers decades in Korea. Often brutal and gory but also fascinating and made me realize just how little I knew about Korea's Independence movement. Nothing like a good...

  • Alwynne

    The debut novel of Korean American writer Juhea Kim is a saga charting the lives of a group of individuals tied together by destiny, linked by the red thread of fate, which may stretch but never break...

  • Bkwmlee

    4.5 starsWhen I finished reading Juhea Kim’s debut novel Beasts of a Little Land , the first thought that came into my head was that this did not read like a debut at all. From the story struc...

  • Jenna ? ?  ?

    Note to self: Recently published historical fiction is almost always thinly disguised romance. Don't bother.This could have been a good story if there wasn't so much drivel weren't so many romantic fe...