Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian 
By Han Kang
ISBN: 978-0-553-44818-4
Psychological/Cultural Heritage
Retails for $21.00


This novel by Han Kang tells of the account of Yeong-hye, a young South Korean woman who struggles with control in her life once she starts having nightmares that lead her to change her lifestyle drastically through the form of giving up meat, despite what her family thinks about it. 


Yeong-hye's decision to become a vegetarian was out of the ordinary and not taken lightly by her family.  Her extremely unsympathetic and controlling husband, perverted brother-in law and an overbearing sister are the ones who tell you her story from their point of view.
I expected this story to be about vegetarianism but it was anything but. In this story you see a person go completely off the deep end with a mental illness and how bizarre the emotions and consequences of this one choice had on a family. 
Overall, this book made me extremely uncomfortable. If you can't stomach stories about people being mistreated and abused, then this story isn't for you.  This story has you sitting on the edge of your seat and takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions.  I do not recommend it for young readers. It's definitely a thought provoking book and makes you wonder how your choices affect others.  I can't say I enjoyed this book.

*FTC DISCLAIMER: This book was sent to me complimentary of Blogging For Books in exchange for my review.*