Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

I have trouble writing much about this book. I really struggled to finish the book due to its style. It felt like a trudge to get through what is overall a pretty short book.

The book is written in a clinical style – intentionally to appear like a report written by a medical professional. Unfortunately I found this style incredibly dry, making it hard to get into the story.

To me this distracted from the important subject the novel was about – the challenges of sexism that women in Korea face.

All this said, I admit that I am probably not in the right position to judge this book. For the right audience, it could hit differently. Maybe it’s better in Korean.

Book cover for Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
Cho, Nam-Joo