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  • Title: Long for This World
  • Author: Sonya Chung
  • ISBN: 9781416599623
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Long for This World By Sonya Chung Pushcart Prize nominee Sonya Chung has displayed her stunning talent in her award winning short fiction and essays Now, she renders the compelling story of a troubled family straddling cultures, fleeing and searching, in her piercing and profoundly humane first novel In 1953, on a small island in Korea, a young boy stows away on the ferry that is carrying his older brothPushcart Prize nominee Sonya Chung has displayed her stunning talent in her award winning short fiction and essays Now, she renders the compelling story of a troubled family straddling cultures, fleeing and searching, in her piercing and profoundly humane first novel In 1953, on a small island in Korea, a young boy stows away on the ferry that is carrying his older brother and his wife to the mainland Fifty two years later, Han Hyun kyu is on a plane flying back to Korea, leaving behind his own wife in America It is his daughter, Jane a war photographer recently injured in a bombing in Baghdad and forced to return to New York who journeys to find him in the small town in South Korea where his brothers have settled Here, father and daughter take refuge from their demons, flirt with passion, and, in the wake of tragedy, discover something deeper and enduring than they could have imagined.
    Sonya Chung
    Sonya Chung is the author of the novels THE LOVED ONES Relegation Books, 2016 and LONG FOR THIS WORLD Scribner, 2010 She is a staff writer for the The Millions and founding editor of Bloom, and is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the Bronx Council on the Arts Writers Fellowship Residency, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship Sonya s stories, reviews, essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Crab Orchard Review, Tin House, The Huffington Post, Sonora Review, The Late American Novel Writers on the Future of Books, Short An International Anthology, and BOMB Magazine, among others Sonya has taught fiction writing at the Gotham Writers Workshop, NYU, the College of Mount St Vincent, and Columbia University Currently she lives in New York City and teaches at Skid College.Photo credit Robin Holland

    Long for This World By Sonya Chung


    Celeste Ng
    The cover of Sonya Chung s debut novel, Long for This World, shows a young woman gazing out over a wide ocean, raising a camera to her eye Chung s main character is a photographer, but that s not the only reason this cover is so apt The novel unfolds like a collection of intimate snapshots, telling a story of loss and unexpected renewal.Read the rest of my review at Fiction Writers Review fictionwritersreview reviews long for this world by sonya chung

    Esther Wenger
    Surprise, depth, and insight into the human experience, as well as Korean family dynamics and the place of harmony in modern times Quite recommended Audiobook narrator was like listening to a person tell a crafted yet natural storyline.

    Long for This World is bold and subtle, thought provoking and entertaining Page after page is filled with writing that made me think Aha I know that feeling, but could not articulate it at all, let alone as beautifully , revealing the many layers that can course through a single moment.The story of the Korean American Han s and the Korean Han s covers a panoramic distance across the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia Yet the story is not sprawling, it is deep and intimate, filled with the though [...]

    On the surface this book is about a 65 year old doctor who left Korea as a young man to follow his dreams in the U.S He returns to his roots, visiting his prosperous younger brother and his family in a small town in Korea It s also about family dynamics how our parents influence who we become as adults passing on their strengths and weaknesses And how the children in turn affect their parents How effective are we at communicating How does what we leave unsaid affect us The book also examines how [...]

    Long For This World the freshman effort of debut writer Sonya Chung is mostly about survival Time and again in this short and assured book, Ms Chung focuses in on loss and renewal what each of us do to survive, even when we don t know all the answers and sometimes when we don t know the questions.The story starts in 1953 on a remote island in South Korea, where a young boy and his older brother and sister in law make their way to the mainland and a future Now, decades later, the young boy, Han J [...]

    The title of this book is telling The usual phrase is NOT long for this world The omission of that one word helps to show that this book is not about death though there are several deaths involved that do factor into the narrative but about the moments of life At points in the novel my interpretation of the title was that the characters longed for a certain place that they may have abandoned and their quest to return Chung is an excellent writer of sentences and descriptions but the reader shou [...]

    Connie Kronlokken
    Delicate relationships color this story Not always between husband and wife, but often between distant family members, such as a man and his sister in law Direct communication between people is rare, not to be expected The American Koreans, on a visit to Korea, do, however, ripple the calm surface of the Korean relatives lives At first it is welcome, but a break does come Everyone is changed.This story of how inner and outer lives meet is exactly what I want in a novel The deaths that occur are [...]

    Yoojin Hahn
    Sonya Chung s Long For This World is a wonderful book It tells the story of the extended Han family of what happens to Han Hyun Kyu s family in the USA and family in Korea after he returns to his old home The book is rather complex, telling the stories of many family members at once the story of Jane, a war photographer who had gone through many tragedies and decides to follow her father to Korea, of her depressed brother Henry, of her mother Lee Woo in, of Han Jae Kyu, Han Jung joo, and many I [...]

    Jennifer W
    It was all right Character driven story, so nothing much happens My favorite character was Jane Her past with her family, her boyfriend view spoiler her miscarriage hide spoiler , her brother, her photography all made for an interesting character All the other members of the family seemed flat and had bland stories However, even Jane s story had to be sucked into novel ridiculousness view spoiler Hooking up with your uncle s wife s brother is that incestuous and then becoming pregnant after 1 ni [...]

    Since both Sonya Chung and I write for The Millions, I was kind of scared to read this book what if I didn t like it How would I handle that I didn t want to hurt anyone s feelings, and I didn t want to be dishonest either Thankfully, I really enjoyed Sonya s novel, which read so smoothly, even as it shifted characters perspectives, even as it went from third person to first I love the way Chung pulled us back into the past before releasing us into a present story that felt both quiet and dramat [...]

    Han Hyun Ku returns to visit his brother s family in Korea some 40 years after immigrating to America, leaving his alcoholic wife and depressed son behind but being followed by his photojournalist daughter The lives of various characters tangle and intersect, sometimes in tragic ways, as they each try to find their place in the family and in the world.This book has gotten very good reviews, but I just couldn t get into it Maybe it would have been better in print so that I could keep the Korean n [...]

    Don t hide behind your camera There s something like a realism, antiquarian, set in stone, three generations represented in a literate voice that never questions itself There s supposed to be a moral standing here some sort of inflection, judgement, resolution It s all abandoned though We re meant to ignore the hunger for ideas and exegetical value and delve into sentimentalism Oh my They re not long for this world Neither Am I Nobody is Oh my This might be comfortable to some but not to me I wa [...]

    I wrote my review under the comment section by accident rather than copy and paste, I will try to recreate my feeling for this read which was that it is a beautifully written flowing novel I feared with the lengthy cast of characters at the beginning I would lose track of whom was whom, but she outlines the feel of each character so well that I was able to recognize the confusing names without a problem My only criticism would be that these people had some dramatically awful things happen in the [...]

    Not an easy read, but completely worth staying with The writing is gorgeous, from the first sentences and the story, while complex and heartbreaking, is completely engrossing I needed the character list the author included in the front of the book The names confused me for a while This difficulty isn t helped by the fact that we jump from place to place and family to family in the beginning chapters These stories do merge, and the richness of so many family stories is another gift the book offer [...]

    Alice Shechter
    Can t say enough about this book complex, so moving, the characters are real enough to meet on the street and stick with you long after the last page you hope to get an email update on what happened next It is an immersion in an unfamiliar culture with none of the sometimes daunting feeling that not exactly understanding the references, or the culural code, will be a chore yet also without tedious explanations The people in Ms Chung s novel are people first flawed, complete, knowable and then th [...]

    I am finding that I love to read about the experience of immigrants, especially from Asia I imagine that is because half of my life was in the Eastern US and now, as a West Coaster for a longer period of time, my focus has shifted a bit Chung a wiring is expressive and insightful The characters are such a mix with so much information about their individual experiences, whether they were Korean born and moved to America, or remained in Korea The customs and manner described are so telling to a wh [...]

    Kelly McCloskey-Romero
    Beautiful and sad The sentences were so amazing many made me sigh or stopreading in awe Ultimately, there s a lot oftragedy in this story, some prolonged and dull, some intense and short.I love the main character, Ai jin, a photojournalist with true strength The female characters in this book were quite powerful I also enjoyed this window into Korea and the blend of Korean American and Korean culture She uses the language a lot in the text, and I love that The ending line was wonderful I would a [...]

    James Boo
    Long for This World is as much a testament to the craft of fiction voice, setting and structure as it is an artifact of genuine feeling As Chung unravels the intertwining lives of an extended and multi generational family of immigrants, each coming to terms with old challenges as he discovers new ones, she deftly immerses readers in memories of an all too real world, rather than simply leading them through it by the nose Reading this book is something like discovering what Murakami s stories mig [...]

    Though this is an undoubtedly sad and heart wrenching novel, it begs the reader to acknowledge the sides of being human that aren t always easy, and see the beauty in the diversity of human life I had to keep putting this novel down because I was getting too sad, but it was a profound and beautiful sadness that I was able to sit with for a few hours days before returning and reading The characters are all too human and relatable and the author s experience shines through Definitely worth a read [...]

    Tilon Sagulu
    I picked up this book in August, and when I was reading the last part of it, I left it at a foodcourt and of course I lost it hopefully the person who took it reads I ve waited about a month for the new copy, and yes it was a painful wait Anywayyou know the kind of story that makes you think, and shifts your perspective and soul a little to realize the beauties hidden behind this chaotic world This story does that to me It is such a beautiful proseI learned a lot, not only about writing, but mos [...]

    Lynn Kanter
    Long for this World is about a war photographer who is injured in Iraq and goes home to recover in New York Home is an ambiguous concept for her, since she has spent the past decade traveling to all the world s worst places, preserving images and losing people When she learns that her father has abruptly left her mother and gone to visit his brother in Korea the first time he has returned to his home country in decades the daughter goes to find him, bringing her cameras, her childlike Korean, he [...]

    This was really lovely, a story of Korean and Korean American families how they come together and pull apart and art and loss, all done with a true and light touch and no excess sentimentality Chung has a great ear for language and an eye for nuance, and pulled me in steadily and surely by the end of the novel I was a bit surprised at how much I cared about every single character There s a lot of heart in this book, and nothing overplayed.My full review is here.

    I was drawn into the world of the Korean Hans, sensing how would I know for sure that the author is presenting an accurate fiction, a plausible rendering of the family and their milieu I had less interest in Jane, the young American, who is selfish, egotistic, and seemingly oblivious to, or lacking in appreciation of, her privileged position in society Does she redeem herself in my eyes by the end Maybe As for the rest, it is a well crafted story peopled by a variety of well realized characters [...]

    Many family members, many tragedies and triumphs, than 2 or 3 countries, and different times make up this lovely book A Korean family connects and then reconnects with its American members Cultural choices are available to the younger generations, but not the older Many types of love appear here, there, alive, and dead Mostly the love of Sonya Chung directs this cast of characters in this wonderful book.

    The novel did not hold my interest It might be attributed to the scattered sets in part and the rest was because what appears to be the quintessential case of muti culturalism gone awry Somehow the author s attempt to celebrate that type of panoramic view and an approach to omnibus POV paradoxically killed her utmost strength good writing and eyes to precision and what it could have achieved potentially Odds are these could all work if they were presented in short stories.

    A successful American doctor returns to Korea, his birth home looking for the peace, predictability and stability for himself within a familial home, and finding you can never go back The societal norms and structure and comfort he grew up, although flawed are called to him He will now try to reconcile this with his own family in America and move forward It is very well written and I will look to enjoy from this author.

    Lara Star Martini
    The most enjoyable part is the language the author manages to describe deep rooted and complex feelings that we can t put words to and does so beautifully and honestly I have not read such a writer before She manages to put words to the everyday and the feelings lying beneath it that I couldn t have dreamed of Those small sentences stuck inside the passages are gems It was my favorite part of the book.

    Okay, I rarely cannot finish a book that I have started but this is probably one of about 5 books in my life that I have started and finally put it down after about 80 pages I just couldn t get into it Blah Okay just looked at the reviews and they all seem to be decent I guess this is just not a book for me

    I just happened to pick up this book from my library and was pleasantly surprised at how great it really is After reading some pretty heavy books lately, I enjoyed a book that so effectively created characters who maintain a sense of hope in spite of some very difficult situations in their lives I highly recommend it.

    Chung has a really different writing style This book jumps around from person to person, almost as if the feelings and thoughts are important than the person or that the feelings thoughts are the person and not just their voice I felt like I really knew the characters, not their whole life story or every single thing they did, but knew them.It was a little slow, but really good.

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