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Nowhere to Be Found

Nowhere to Be Found A nameless narrator passes through her life searching for meaning and connection in experiences she barely feels For her time and identity blur and all action is reaction She can t quite understand

  • Title: Nowhere to Be Found
  • Author: Bae Suah Sora Kim-Russell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A nameless narrator passes through her life, searching for meaning and connection in experiences she barely feels For her, time and identity blur, and all action is reaction She can t quite understand what motivates others to take life seriously enough to focus on anything for her existence is a loosely woven tapestry of fleeting concepts From losing her virginity to miA nameless narrator passes through her life, searching for meaning and connection in experiences she barely feels For her, time and identity blur, and all action is reaction She can t quite understand what motivates others to take life seriously enough to focus on anything for her existence is a loosely woven tapestry of fleeting concepts From losing her virginity to mindless jobs and a splintered, unsupportive family, the lessons learned have less to do with the reality we all share and to do with the truth of the imagination, which is where the narrator focuses to discover herself.

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    1. [4.5] A curious experience, finding out what's actually inside a book you've been hearing about for a while, especially when it's not quite what you expected. I was always going to buy this (£1.98 for a tiny novella - only 799 Kindle locations, in case you think in those terms - bargain price because it's published by Crossing) if it was longlisted for the BTBA, but the synopsis and washed-out cover didn't appeal enough for me to buy it with no particular focus for discussion.After three months [...]

    2. I find many of the Korean works in translation challenging books and this slim volume is no exception. Essentially the story is anchored around our female protagonist trying to visit her sort-of-boyfriend off on military service. But surrounding it are explorations of ennui, familial obligations, cultural expectation and struggling in an indifferent world. It feels deep, piercing and sharp but ultimately there are no narrative stakes here. It’s like a Bergman movie in print. I just don’t fee [...]

    3. Despite the bleak setting, somehow the words didn’t resonate with me and I couldn’t really connect with the main character. More like a 2.5 if I’m being completely honest.

    4. Excellent Short Korean novelI would recommend this novel to anyone interested in Korean literature. Bae Suah writers very well about alienation poverty and loneliness. Highly recommended

    5. I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of Nowhere To Be Found from its publisher, Crossing, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Nowhere To Be Found is a Korean novella that depicts a few events during one year of a young woman's life. As the book is small, so these events are small, yet through reading the heroine's descriptions I gained an uncomfortably graphic account of her poverty and her family's struggle to survive. Early on, Suah writes of her protagonist's temporary office job [...]

    6. To become an absolutely meaningless thing in order to survive time. This maxim most accurately reflects our nameless narrator’s mindset as we follow the events surrounding her during one winter in Korea. But what does it mean to survive time, that entity which is so relentless in its continuity and utterly indifferent to human concerns? Nowhere to be Found is the Korean writer Bae Suah’s first novel to be translated into English. It is a concise portrayal of an intense psychological meditati [...]

    7. "If you gently stroke my lips and the palm of my hand right now, you will find them strangely cold and icy, a feeling of endless distance that even I can sense. Someone once said to me, 'You're so cold that I shake with despair. The whole time we're together your lips never once flush, and your body is like slippery ice. You have the eyes of a wolf-girl whose heart has never once been moved. When I press my ear to your chest, I hear only wind and emptiness.' Burn me. Pour gasoline over me and se [...]

    8. I liked this a bit more than Recitation, but maybe that's because this is shorter? I know that sounds dismissive, but I didn't really enjoy either book, while I still enjoyed her writing. I can see why people like her stuff, but it didn't connect for me in any meaningful way. Probably will give her a pass in the future.

    9. Haven't read anything quite like this. Short, really depressing stream-of-consciousness story that glides smoothly, and settles uncomfortably in you. Decently done, and would read more from this writer.

    10. No Where to be Found By Bae SuahRead 4th February 2015 Posted on Good Reads "The rain falls, lays siege to the entire world, as if it has been falling that way for years. The rain will fall even after the death of time. Roof half falling down. Windows broken. Kitchen dripping rainwater. Porch covered in filth. Creaky stairs covered in cats' paw prints. Dead rag doll, straw insides poking out. And, above all the gruesome things, our frigid relationship." We enter the book without pomp. It is a se [...]

    11. A sometimes very intense, very first-person novella that intentionally does not hold together much and does not move like a novel. Just when you think the author is being more conventional, she pulls the rug out from under you. She seems to want you to be as uncomfortable with the novella as the narrator is with herself and with others. Or is she (the narrator, that is)? Nothing is certain here.The novella didn’t really work for me, but it was certainly a unique reading experience, and just th [...]

    12. I've figured out the Netgalley system: Get books that have been translated into English. Even better if they are by POC. Even even better if WOC. For example, Nowhere to Be Found, you don't even have to request it; it's just there ready for download. I spent thirty minutes with it, finished, and then thought about what to write for two days.Nowhere to Be Found is a series of scenes. Each scene is like a perfect little wrapped truffle, but it's like the box of these truffles has been shaken up an [...]

    13. Originally Reviewed atSo many books, so little time "And that is how I became an absolutely meaningless thing and survived time"If how this book ends cannot make you cry, I don't know what will. The thing with the story and plot is- and it works out in favor of the book- that despite the cultural differences between the places there and here, the universal human emotions overpower the plot and it is a painful delight to read through the pages. A painful delight is an oxymoron, but the book which [...]

    14. Whoa! This is a crazy book.In one sense I want to find out more about the author and what the heck she is all aboutbut in another sense I don't. Because what if she has some totatly reasonable explanations for lines like these?“Cheolsu, I will eat your chicken when that day comes. I will gladly become your toilet. When I can, for once in my life, for a brief moment, become ardently pure.” (p. 80).“The prison of time called life. The prison of class and circumstance. The prison of a code un [...]

    15. A young woman and her family struggle with public humiliation, shame, and poverty. The story is told from her perspective. Middle child. Mid-twenties. Ten years older than her sister. Ten years younger than her brother. The distance of time between each of their births might as well be measured in light years because they don’t seem to possess the typical bond one would expect to find between siblings. Each acts like a parent figure to the next in line below them with only the youngest daughte [...]

    16. Thank you to NetGalley and Crossing for this free readers edition. In exchange I am providing an honest review.Bae Suah is a South Korean author, thank goodness for translators! :) I'm not sure what caught my attention about this novella and compelled me to pick it up. The story is told in first person and we never know the name of this woman. She focuses in on the year 1988 in South Korea. Her father is in prison for a political reason, her brother - 10 years older than her - is headed to Japa [...]

    17. This novelette is a fast yet very powerful read. It is in a sense sad and depressing, but at the same time quite eye-opening as this unnamed young woman takes you through her life of poverty. It is raw and unnerving at times and and makes the reader think of how this existence could be acceptable to live. I questioned why she didn't leave and why she took the abuse of her mother and her other relationships.It is hard to say I enjoyed this book as it is haunting and depressing - as it seems odd t [...]

    18. Disquieting little book that touches movingly on themes of social class, poverty, humiliation, loss of hope and identity, and self-abasement. Bae's language is poetic without being particularly ornate-a prose style that suits the melancholy first-person musings of her narrator very well. An existential novel for the modern age and, perhaps, especially for South Korea, a trend-driven, status and class-conscious society where political action of any kind all too often seems pointless and "real sel [...]

    19. (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)NOWHERE TO BE FOUND is a starkly elegant story about a young woman’s search for meaning in contemporary South Korea that translator Sora Kim-Russell calls “a road novel turned inside out, a story of a woman’s journey out of and into desire told as only Bae Suah could tell it.” As the nameless narrator passes through her life haunted by poverty, conformity, and dysfunctional relationships, she learns to [...]

    20. This haunting and unsettling novella is the story of a young Korean woman in 1988, a turbulent time in Korea, a time of rapid change, the era of the Seoul Olympics and increasing wealth. But none of that touches our unnamed narrator, who wanders aimless and directionless through a series of low-paid jobs as she struggles to support her dysfunctional poverty-stricken family. Only 24, she seems totally detached from her surrounding s and unable to connect with the people around her. She has a boyf [...]

    21. This story was simple, yet so real that I couldn't stop reading. Ok, I know that's not much of a feat since it's only about 60 pages, but I could have read more. This could easily be one story in a series. Basically it's a snapshot in the life of a young woman in a low income family in South Korea. You get a glimpse into her life and then get to see how she reacts when she has one of those days when everything goes wrong. Most of the story takes place on that day. I loved the writing because eve [...]

    22. This novella tells the story of a young Korean woman on a journey in finding herself while living a poverty-stricken life. This story is a bit depressing, but at the same time eye opening in terms of the (little) insight we get into the culture of the young protagonist. She has to deal with an alcoholic mother and living in poverty and yet she still finds love, but loses him. There is so much in this story to ponder about. I’d really recommend it. It’s not a happy story, but it’s short eno [...]

    23. It's hard to describe what Suah is able to do in this short novella. Her narrator is straightforward and pedestrian, except for her breakout moments of passion and despair. She describes the events of 1988 in her life, which seem ordinary but were actually transformative. She looks back on these events from 10 years later, considering what has changed. And what hasn't. She is searching for her own story, her own identity. I'm not convinced she finds it. But it's an intriguing and powerful novell [...]

    24. A very unique style, an honest invitation into the author's psyche and an all in all interesting read. Dreams collide with fantasies and identities blur but monotony reins. Family members are faceless, emotions are numb and love is absent. What do a chicken carcass, a crow and a hungry dog have in common? Read to find out!

    25. "The rain falls, lays siege to the entire world, as if it has been falling that way for years. The rain will fall even after the death of time. Roof half falling down. Windows broken. Kitchen dripping rainwater. Porch covered in filth. Creaky stairs covered in cats' paw prints. Dead ragdoll, straw insides poking out. And, above all the gruesome things, our frigid relationship."

    26. "And that is how I became an absolutely meaningless thing and survived time."I am a sucker for perfectly imperfect little books about numb people. This book is delicious to me in its simplicity and the way it lingers.

    27. An interesting book of one woman's life and how she used everything including her imagination to survive some hard times.She didn't have a lot of space to herself and had to learn to live with what she had and how to deal with her family and those close quarters.

    28. A strange but compelling examination of poverty, alienation and ennui from a Korean perspective. Deeply depressing.

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