Translated by: Kang Choon-won
Publisher: Homa + Sekey, 2005.
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Songsu Kim is orphaned when his father runs away from home and her mother takes poison. Raised by his uncle, he inherits the family pharmacy and later invests in a small fishing fleet. He marries Punshi of his uncle’s choosing and has five daughters, but curse is the undercurrent of their lives – the eldest daughter by an allegation of baby murder; the second daughter by a failed love affair; the third by insanity resulting from her shameless pursuit of personal happiness; and the fourth by a grave misfortune at sea. Intriguing and engaging, The Curse of Kim’s Daughters takes a fascinating look at the vast evolution of the Korean society in the first half of the 20th century.LKL says:
I ground to a halt 60 pages in to this 300-page novel, and will not bother picking it up again. Far too many characters to care about any of them, and rather too many magpies perching in zelkova trees
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