The Island of Sea Women



A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.Mi ja and Young sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village s all female diving collective, led by Young sook s mother As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.Despite their love for each other, Mi ja and Young sook s differences are impossible to ignore The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires Mi ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association Young sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother s position leading the divers in their village Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children A classic Lisa See story one of women s friendships and the larger forces that shape them The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives. Download The Island of Sea Women author Lisa See – e17streets4all.co.ukThe Island of Sea Women

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  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • The Island of Sea Women
  • Lisa See
  • English
  • 09 June 2017
  • 1501154850

10 thoughts on “The Island of Sea Women

  1. says:

    Update Happy Publication Day Today, March 5th, 2019 Haenyeo is the Japanese name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo, or jomnyeo, which are all Jeju words The haenyeo culture is characterized as matrifocal that is, focused on females They did all the difficult and dangerous work in their families and had to be in top physical fo Update Happy Publication Day Today, March 5th, 2019 Haenyeo is the Japanese name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo, or jomnyeo, which are all Jeju words The haenyeo culture is characterized as matrifocal that is, focused on females They did all the difficult and dangerous work in their families and had to be in top physical form to do so, beginning their training when young to hold their breath, develop strong, supple muscles, and expand their instincts for danger and for spotting their underwater harvests.I know from reading the author s note how much research was ...

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    Mi ja and Young sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant The girls women met when they were seven years old and became baby divers together They spent all their time together, as best friends do, sharing secrets, dreams, wishes and their shared plans for their futures But life a Mi ja and Young sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant The girls women met when they were seven years old and became baby divers together They spent all their time together, as best friends do, sharing secrets, dreams, wishes and their shared plans for their futures But life and circumstances have a way of altering the best of plans Separated when they are married, they try to maintain their friendship until a tragic event drives them apart....

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    NOW AVAILABLE This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things.When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control The two main characters Mi ja and Young sook are young girls, but already being groomed to become Haenyeo , strong women divers who gradually learn to hold their breath long enough to dive to the ocean floor There is muchto their culture th NOW AVAILABLE This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things.When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control The two main characters Mi ja and Young sook are young girls, but already being groomed to become Haenyeo , strong women divers who gradually learn ...

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    5 starsThis is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi ja and Young sook, from the 1930s to 2008 They are best friends growing up in a Korea run by the Japanese, who made a colony of Korea in 1910 They remain friends until one day in January 1949, when their friendship is destroyed Young sook s husband, son and sister in law are killed by South 5 starsThis is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi ja and Young sook, from the 1930s to 2008 They are best friends growing up in a Korea run by the Japanese, who made a colony of Korea in 1910 They remain friends until one day in January 1949, when their friendship is destroyed Young sook s husband, son and sister in law are killed by South Korean soldiers.I was aware that the US installed a dictator, Rhee Syngman Korean US is Syngman Rhee , who was a staunch anti communist, in S Korea I was not aware that his police and army had a l...

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    As the Korean saying goes, Haenyos do the work of the dead in the land of the living Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life Women harvest together, sort together, and sell together The sea itself is communal With no breathing equipment, the dee...

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    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children Two girls, Mi ja and Young sook, are the best of friends waiting for their time to be old enough to join the diving collective With their future career comes fun and excitement along with significant danger Mi ja and Young so Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children Two girls, Mi ja and Young sook, are the best of friends waiting for their time to be old enough to join the diving collective With their future career comes fun and excitement along with significant danger Mi ja and Young sook are from disparate backgrounds Mi ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, which will forever leave a mark on her Young sook is destined to lead the divers of their village one day when she...

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    If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other Mother Teresa The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in the Korean Strait Jeju is filled with jutting cliffs, white sandy beaches, and the deafening roar of the sea But the beauty of these surroundings is far outmatched by the resilience of its people..and in particul If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other Mother Teresa The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in the Korean Strait Jeju is filled with jutting cliffs, white sandy beaches, and the deafening roar of the sea But the beauty of these surroundings is far outmatched by the resilience of its people..and in particular, its women.Haenyeo or Korean Mermaids have been a collective group of female divers who have taken to the sea for eons They search for their daily catch of abalone, sq...

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    photo credit Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo Korean for sea women , female freedivers of the South Korean island of Jeju, who have trained their bodies to withstand the extremes of the surroundi...

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    4.5 starsHave you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo No Well, me neither until I read The Island of Sea Women Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representative of the matriarchal society on Jeju Society where having a daughter is a blessing because she and the mother can provide for the family while men stay at home and look after the children I absolutely loved and was f 4.5 starsHave you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo No Well, me neither until I read The Island of Sea Women Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representative of the matriarchal society on Jeju Society where having a daughter is a blessing because she and the mother can provide for the family while men stay at home ...

  10. says:

    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life The reader sees events through the eyes of Young Sook from her childhood and beginning as a baby diver during the years of Japanese occupation, through World War Two, post war occupation by the U.S military and virulent anti communist activity, and on to the end of the century In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Je...

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