The Surrendered

The Surrendered

Book - 2010
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"June Han has forged a life thousands of miles from her birthplace: she has built a business in New York, outlived a husband, borne a child. But her past holds more secrets than she has ever been able to tell, and thirty years after her escape from war-ravaged Korea, the time has come for her to confront them. Hector Brennan, fighter, drinker, and 'failure grand and total,' is the man who long ago, in the aftermath of the war, saved June's life. And between June and Hector lies the story of the beautiful missionary wife Sylvie Tanner, whose elusive love they both once sought. On a journey that takes them from the scorched hillsides and abandoned rice paddies of a shattered Korea to a blood-soaked century-old Italian battlefield, June and Hector go in search of their past, bound together by a legacy of shocking acts of violence and love"--Cover, p. 2.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9781594489761
1594489769
Branch Call Number: Fic Lee
Characteristics: 469 p. ; 24 cm.

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stewstealth
Jul 04, 2013

DCBrunelle pretty much nails it, The only addition is who cares about any of the characters?

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

A book about the Korean War and its legacy, told through the story of three characters. Too long and American in its sensibility.

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anivison
Apr 18, 2012

This was intense. First chapter grabs and pulls you in. I picked this up at 11 pm, ready to fall asleep - this brought me awake fast.

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dcbrunelle
Dec 18, 2010

I wanted to like this book but did not. For the first 100 pages it seemed it might be worth the effort but I was mistaken.

The cover is designed such that the author's last name is three times the size of the title. This proved to be an early warning sign. Much to my regret, I chose to ignore it. Overall I thought the novel promised a fair amount more than it delivered.

Nearly every major character in this story turns out to be one of two types: the Noble Derelict or the Wounded Narcissist. This grows old about as quickly as it becomes unpleasant. They are thrown together in various combinations in an attempt to propel a plot about which I also did not ultimately care. Add to this writing which I found self-consciously styled - more awkward than erudite - and one is left with the easy decision to move on to other writers.

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