Julia C. Lewis
The Vegetarian: A Review
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Hogarth
Before I start my review, let me make it clear that I did not enjoy reding this book. It was uncomfortable, twisted and straight up repulsive at time. The male characters in particular are terrible human beings, and their actions were nothing but selfish. Even though I do realize this book was supposed to be thought provoking and surreal, I still had trouble connecting with a single character in the story. And that is usually what makes me dislike books.
But somehow, I still found myself entranced by the story and finished it a lot quicker than I thought. Since the book was originally published in three seperate novellettes, it is easy to see how the different parts are a continuation of each other. At first, we get the story of Yeong-Hye's husband and his struggle to understand his wife's new found vegetarianism. Then, we get the disturbing story of how Yeong-Hye becomes the focal point of her brother in-laws art project, and finally we get to hear her sister's story. Even though I found all parts equally uncomfortable, I do have to say that the second part was the worst.
Overall, I really can't recommend this book if you're looking for entertainment. It's extremely bleak, and well.. uncomfortable.