White Chrysanthemum

White Chrysanthemum

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Korea, 1943, under Japanese occupation: As a haenyeo, a female diver of the sea, Hana enjoys an independence that few other Koreans can still claim. Until the day she saves her younger sister from a Japanese soldier and is herself captured and transported to Manchuria. There she is forced to become a 'comfort woman' in a Japanese military brothel. South Korea, 2011: Emi has spent more than sixty years trying to forget the sacrifice her sister made. Seeing the healing of her children and her country, can Emi move beyond the legacy of war to find forgiveness?-- Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York, New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735214439
Branch Call Number: FIC Bracht M
Characteristics: 305 pages : map ; 24 cm


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cfitzer1 Jan 16, 2021

Recommended by Lydia

Dec 16, 2020

A fictional story based on actual treatment of Korean nationals during Japanese occupation. I did not know of the kidnapped girls forced into sexual slavery, nor of the turmoil experienced during the time after WW II and before and during the Korean war. The guilt held by survivors of the horrors affects many aspects of their lives. Excellently read, and a wonderful "from the author" at the end of the book. Highly recommended.

Oct 19, 2020

War brings untold misery to those involved. This was especially true during Japan's assimilation of Koreans and the horrific practice of capturing and enslaving young Korean girls into "comfort women". Rape, torture, brutal beatings and murder of many thousands of innocent children and young women by the Japanese soldiers.
This book brings together a family torn apart by the violence inflicted upon them by the invading Japanese forces. Highly recommended for those who find that widening their horizons creates greater understanding.

Jan 27, 2020


Aug 18, 2018

awesome book I too could not put it down. Hard to go onto another book. I didnot want this one to end.

DPLalyssab Jun 06, 2018

Engaging work of historical fiction exploring Korean women's experience during World War II.

Mar 15, 2018

What a great book. I read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down.


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