The Island of Sea Women

Download The Island Of Sea Women Author Lisa See Set On The Korean Island Of Jeju, The Island Of Sea Women Follows Mi Ja And Young Sook, Two Girls From Very Different Backgrounds, As They Begin Working In The Sea With Their Village S All Female Diving Collective Over Many Decades Through The Japanese Colonialism Of The 1930s And 1940s, World War II, The Korean War, And The Era Of Cellphones And Wet Suits For The Women Divers Mi Ja And Young Sook Develop The Closest Of Bonds Nevertheless, Their Differences Are Impossible To Ignore Mi Ja Is The Daughter Of A Japanese Collaborator, Forever Marking Her, And Young Sook Was Born Into A Long Line Of Haenyeo And Will Inherit Her Mother S Position Leading The Divers After Hundreds Of Dives And Years Of Friendship, Forces Outside Their Control Will Push Their Relationship To The Breaking Point.This Beautiful, Thoughtful Novel Illuminates A Unique And Unforgettable Culture, 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 Female Divers Of Jeju Island And The Dramatic History That Shaped Their Lives.The Island of Sea Women

Lisa See is a Chinese American author Her books include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 2005 , Dragon Bones, and On Gold Mountain She was named the 2001 National Woman of the Year, by the Organization of Chinese American Women She lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Hardcover
  • 374 pages
  • The Island of Sea Women
  • Lisa See
  • English
  • 19 January 2018

10 thoughts on “The Island of Sea Women

  1. says:

    Update Happy Publication Day Today, March 5th, 2019 Haenyeo is the Korean 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 involved in this story Before I even read how this book came about, the feeling I had was of Lisa See doing her always exceptional historical and current research, and visiting the places she wrote about in person, but also listening to the stories of various people who remembered the period of time covered in this novel Then, taking all of the history and the stories and stirring them with her imagination, Lisa See wove this fascinating, tragic, and utterly absorbing story.And on the tides of trust in this author, and with a few deep breaths, I dove ...

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    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women being taken by the Japanese to be a comfort workers and a young haenyeo is taken See s novel focuses specifically on the lives of the Haenyeo spanning decades and is a much in depth look She gives wonderful descriptions, at times a lot of detail, about the culture of the collective of women, the rituals and rules, spoken and unspoken, how they dive with no equipment and harvest food from the sea There are several layers to this story, though It s a story of a friendship that becomes fractured, of grief, of a culture, the broader story of a country s history told through the lives of two women I was interested early on when we meet Young sook, near eighty perhaps, as we discover that there has been a rift between her and her best friend Mi ja for many years I was interested in knowing what caused it The story unfolds, moving through time telling of the bond they formed as children, as haenyeoIt tells of events in their lives, both happy and heartbreaking as they grow up during the Japanese occupation, through their childhood, their marriages, their children Initially, it lacked an emotional connection for me, but further on in the story, I felt for these women and their deep sadness and loss p...

  3. says:

    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 SPOLIER alert 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 End alert.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 large number of Japanese collaborators His regime ruthlessly suppressed opponents who protested, asking for democratic elections, killing thousands on Jeju alone.This book also has a large amount of information of the women on Jeju, who do the fishing, while their husbands stay home taking care of the children This practice goes back hundreds of years to a time when men who fished were heavily taxed by Korean kings, while women paid no taxes.Some quotes Jeju is her home, an island known for Three Abundances wind, stones and women ...

  4. says:

    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.This book started slowly for me I have loved every single Lisa See book that I have read and have been drawn in to them within the first couple of pages This one took almost half the book to draw me in, but once in, I was full invested in the story There is a lot of history in these pages, not only between these two women and their families husbands but also on the island of Jeju itself I appreciated the historical aspect of this book...

  5. says:

    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn t connecting emotionally with the story I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju A matriarchal society is rare, so that was intriguing The friendship between Mi ja and Young Sook was just beginning, so there was definitely enough to keep me reading Also this was my monthly read with Angela and Esil, and up to this point we all felt the same.This changed rapidly for the rest of the book The tumultuous years of the Japanese colonialism of the 30, and 40 provided a historical and brutal context The brutality is just terrible, the inaction of the American troops who just stood by, the massacres that were covered up for decades So much was happening politically that in the hands of a less gifted writer, this book could have been much longer The friendship between the girls change due to circumstances that were so horrible Each, though the other didn t know the full extent, go through some brutal challenges It won t be until books end that we hear the full story.The book occasionally fast forwards to 2018, when a family comes looking for Young Sook Now I her eighties w...

  6. says:

    This book was soo good and sad and did I say good It s now on one of my wishlists Mel

  7. says:

    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 s old enough, as her mother and grandmother have done This book spans decades, following Japanese colonialism of Korea in the 1930s and 40s, World War II, the Korean War, and the present day Forces external to these women will test their friendship Will their forged bond be enough to keep them from splintering apart Who knew these women were living this way on a tiny Korean island I was instantly enthralled with this story and could not get enough The characters, in true Lisa See style, are richly developed, as is the alluring setting The backdrop of events is heartbreaking and haunting These women are strong, fiercely so, indomitable of spirit, capable of leading their families through hardship and strife into healing a...

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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 much to their culture than just diving but this review would be way too long if I started to list their beliefs and rituals In this society the women are expected to provide all the food and money for the family while the husbands care for the children and are responsible for cooking the family meals The women even maintain their vegetable gardens while the men never work.Young sook is the daughter of the head of the collective which dives to support their family Her family has lived on the island for generations and don t know anything much about the outside world At this time they are under Japanese control and they are very fearful of the Japanese soldiers who are known for their brutal treatment of women and corrupt governing.Mi ja is an orphan who lives with her aunt and uncle She was from the Jeju City so was used to living a different life Her parents were financially well off and known to be Japanese collaborators She was use...

  9. says:

    Rating 3.75I m sure I m in the minority on this one And to be honest, I m torn I m a big Lisa See fan I ve read a number of her books Some I ve loved, some not so much I ve attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can I have one of her books, Peony in Love, that I ve been holding on to years to read I just always want to have one of her books in reserve Yup, weird book habits But with this one.I m just wavering in my thoughts.First, love, love, love the cover Now, the story is told from the point of view of two young Korean girls, Mi ja and Young sook, living in the Jeju islands You learn of their lives, the horrors they lived through, but ultimately you learn in detail of what these women do.they work in the sea, diving for food, for their families Women go to work to support their families and men stay at home to watch the children You learn of the history of these islands and the amazing feats these women perform on a daily basis You watch them grow, and ultimately, you see what tears them apart Amazing I m a fan of historical fiction and you learn a lot here So fascinatin...

  10. says:

    A deeply moving tale, The Island Of Sea Women follows the life of Young sook from when she s an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties.Young sook and her best friend Mi ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of Jeju They are destined to be best friends forever, through learning to dive, getting married and having their first babies But life doesn t always work out how you want it too We follow these women s lives through World War 2, the Korean War and into the present, where modern amenities are taking over from the old way of life from Young sook s youth.This is a novel of grief, anger and bitterness, yet elation and happiness too The bravery of these women, after everything they have gone through, is a revelation, and a testament to their toughness and will to survive The character of Young sook ...

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