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All Roads Lead Home jKind of living as an itinerant poet coining clever poems for a meal or a room sometimes winning one of the innumerable poetry contests common throughout East Asia in the 19th century and before in order to cash in the prize In the legend which has built up around him he was a womanizer and a fervent fan of the byproducts of rice fermentation So clearly there is much for Yi to work with here and work with it he does Out of the welter of legends and facts about Kim he constructs a plausible life story that holds one s interest closely This Kim is certainly not admirable but he is convincingly real His hopes of regaining high status as a scholar dashed full of resentment bitterness and self absorption he abandons his wife and two small sons to fend for themselves and wanders the country making a living as mentioned He often uses his poems as weapons to hurt or embarrass his opponents One of the legends concerns a poetry contest with a proud monk for which the ground rules were that if one of the combatants were unable to continue the poem according to the complex rules they had established he would have to pull one of his own teeth out In the legend the monk ends up toothless This is held to be a mark of the excellence of Kim s poetic capabilities I want to know what kind of son of a bitch would even agree to such a competition The man was bitter bitter bitterFortunately Kim has a chance meeting with the Old Drunkard who planted the seed of the realization that poetry is not rules and cleverness but character and insight The old man defends an attitude similar to that of the original Taoist masters Chuang tzu and Lao tzu The Old Drunkard euated poet with sage Though it was only a seed and the story of Kim s new life as itinerant poet wasust beginning the seed was to germinate and sprout After various adventures and internal development Yi s Kim eventually realizes that the true poet s poem is his life that the true poet is a sage Worldly ambition and the bitterness and resentment that come with unfulfilled ambition are unutterably irrelevant The book ends with Kim s apotheosis as witnessed by his eldest sonIn the process of telling this story of Kim Yi also provides a picture of life in Korea at the end of the Choson era when the social fabric was tearing under the strains of poor harvests and the total corruption of all the institutions in the country when governments officials at all levels were interested solely in enriching themselves and maintaining their advantages when the military would steal everything they could carry as they moved about the country beating down rebellions and when the Confucian meritocracy was only a shadow of itselfWestern readers should be forewarned that Yi does not observe the conventions of historical fiction they are familiar with neither does Shiba Ryotaro though Shiba s and Yi s works vary from our expectations in different ways In much of the text it appears that Yi intends to write a critical biography of Kim he pulls back from the story analyzes the evidence and proposes hypotheses and arguments Elsewhere he empathetically projects himself directly into Kim s mind and gives us his thoughts and actions along the lines of historical fiction in the modern West This inconsistency in tone and authorial stance may disturb some readers but the I read outside of #THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY WESTERN #19th and 20th century Western canon the less I care about such matters The crux is whether the author communicates something interesting beautiful moving andor profound No The image above is that of a monument to Kim Pyong yon According to this sourcehttpwwwktlitcomkim sakkat korea among others Kim Sakkat was also influential in the Korean rap scene and was mentioned by name in the first Korean rap Though the grandfather was drawn and uartered most of the family survived by scattering throughout the country until they were pardoned a few years later Their lives were spared but their property remained confiscated Isn t it the case that some postmodernists reject these kinds of consistency in favor of other kinds Conventions do help to ease communication but they also uickly become restrictive and limiting not only on expression but even on the ability to perceive Rating Ehh Interesting concept and lots here about heritage and identity but this writing style didn t do it for me and the main character himself managed to always remain unsympathetic It also seemed like the author ust assumed the audience would be interested in him and his story I can t even remember his name it s only mentioned a handful of times which further contributes to this false sense of connection we re expected to have with the character Took me a while to finish because it put me to sleep every time I tried to read it lol Two stars because it became substantially interesting towards the end but never got around to any kind of compelling theme and I think it somehow managed to strip poetry of its meaning and power by making it solely the personal tool of a confused and selfish main character rather than any kind of meaningful construct A novel about the life of the early nineteenth century poet Kim Pyong yon told as the speculations of a present day narrator The poet was the grandson of a traitor Kim Ik s0n who was executed for his support of a rebellion against the dynasty and as a result was ostracized and excluded from the scholarly career he might have expected He ultimately rejected the conventions of society and became a wandering poet The novel is based on the facts of his life and his poetry but at the same time it Has A Symbolic Dimension Given The Similar Ostracism Of Many a symbolic dimension given the similar ostracism of many Koreans including Yi Mun yol himself whose relatives supported the North Koreans in the Korean War While the novel was interesting with the discussion of the functions of poetry the fact that I don t know Korean and have never read any of Kim Pyong yon s work meant that much of it was not really meaningful to me I was particularly disappointed in the ending when it veers into mysticism Yi Mun yol is perhaps my favourite of the Korean authors the post war generation of Korean authors based on his classic My Twisted Hero and first novel The Son of Man which was one of my favourite reads of 2016 The Poet tells the story of the 19th Century Korean itinerant poet Kim Pyeong yeon better known by his nickn. Ion as an outstanding poet; a man constantly tempted to make compromises even to the point of betraying his family in order to fulfil his mother's ambition and yet survive as a free spirit This delicately told story of a lonely fight for self respect of a uest to reconcile duty and privilege in an oppressive society is a luminous parable for our time. How often it is in life that something looked forward to and hoped for turns out to be disappointing and those things sprung upon us or that we stumble across despite ourselves are great experiences So it is with The Poet My wife who has an artistic temperament bought this book second hand because she liked the cover art Tiger by Song am and through a mis communication I thought she had purchased it for me owing to its subject matter I never would have purchased or read the book if left to my own devices and that would have been my loss The Poet is a fictional re telling of the life of Kim Sakkat a wandering poet of the early nineteenth century in Korea Written in a dry almost academic style Yi Mun yol describes how Kim s grandfather aligns himself with a rebel force and when he is captured and executed by the King the rest of the family fall into exile and disgrace Kim Sakkat is unable to enter the civil service and burdened by shame and bitterness at his fate becomes a wandering poet Yi uses the bare bones of this story to write about betrayal loyalty fame honour wealth truth and of course poetry He does this by describing the development of Kim s poetry during his ourney through lifeEarly on before Kim realises that his attempts to re integrate into the upper classes are fruitless he composes a prize winning poem condemning his grandfather s treachery Disgusted with himself for betraying his family he begins his life as a wanderer It is at this stage that he has what turns out to be a pivotal meeting with an old poet in the mountains Although Kim doesn t realise it at the time the old poet explains to him the true meaning of poetry to be at one with the World not to try and change it Kim thinks the old man a dreamer and goes on his wayYi describes the stages of Kim s poetry as stages in his life his earlier works written to try and impress the upper class milieu into which he would have liked to be accepted were technically perfect and traditional in structure and theme supporting the status uo Once he realises the pathway up the social classes is barred to him Kim consciously sides with the lower classes and begins to write works that are revolutionary in form incorporating Korean language with traditional Chinese characters for the first time and proletarian in content writing of work drink and sex with much humour than in his previous worksThe final stage in his poetic ourney begins after he meets the old poet again and realises that the old man was right after all Kim s final years and poems almost call nature into being as he recites they are poems of what is rather than what could be or what he d like to be It seems after a life of bitterness anger and regret that Kim will die happyLike all good fiction The Poet consists of many layers As the reader discovers in the prefatory material Yi s father a communist defected from South Korea to the DPRK during the Korean War The Poet shows Yi not only working with themes that impact on him personally but also looking at how society as a whole deals with betrayal and traitors As the book develops Kim s knowledge of his grandfather s actions grows As a child all he knew was that his grandfather was a traitor to the King siding with a rebel force Later during his travels he meets an ex rebel who describes how Kim s grandfather was trying to bring about change and a better world for those under rebel control Later still he meets someone else who uestions that Version Of Events Yi Shows of events Yi shows that one meets someone else who uestions that version of events Yi shows us that one to be careful in what one believes as nothing is black and white and no one person s motives are entirely pureThere is a strange section towards the end of the book where Kim becomes the poet for a band of revolutionary vagabonds writing to instil bravery into the men and revolutionary spirit into the locals His work becomes widely popular but fails utterly #To Help The Revolution #help the revolution don t replace deeds in this case This seems to be the final step in the progression for Kim in realising that poetry and words do not get you things in the real world except maybe a meal or a drink here and there and it is best to write the poetry that resonates within oneselfThe language in the book is spare bald and matter of fact Yi in dealing with a real life has twisted the story to make it his own by writing in a pseudo academic style correcting mistakes in the generally accepted life of Kim The short chapters each deal with a specific event yet while we know some of Kim s deepest thoughts he is still an elusive character when he finally walks out of the frame of the story in the last pages Yi s style at least in this translation reminds me of David Malouf s RansomHighly RecommendedCheck out my other reviews at I really wanted to like the poet but I did not enjoy it as much as I wanted Slow to start it never got very exciting for me I did not like their interpretation of the meaning of poetry as I found it rather convoluted and pretentious The character of the poet did not appeal to me and I was not able to sympathise with him Shiin The Poet 1992 is a piece of historical fiction written by one of Korea s leading contemporary novelists Yi Mun yol b 1948 which resurrects the life and times of the poet Kim Pyong yon 1807 1863 It appears that Yi chose to write about Kim because they had a fundamental commonality Kim was the grandson of a traitor and Yi s father defected to North Korea on ideological grounds during the Korean War and left his family behind The conseuences for both Kim and Yi went well beyond schoolyard hazingBut Kim Pyong yon was also a very colorful figure who still has a presence in modern Korean popular culture where he is known as Kim Sakkat after the reed or bamboo hat worn by the Korean working classes at the time When his grandfather the magistrate of a major city collaborated with rebels against the central government who had overrun the provincial capital and who were swept away again by the government s army the former governor and three generations of his family were all condemned to death not unusual in East Asia Kim and one of his brothers were hidden in the home of a former servant and escaped execution But Kim could not escape the conseuent life on the margins of society He made a kind of living as an itinerant poet coining clever poems for a meal or a room sometimes winning one of the innumerable poetry. When the King's governor after falling into rebel hands and changing sides is recaptured by the royal troops not only is he executed but his son and grandsons are by family tie condemned to death as traitors The little grandsons are uickly sent away in disguise to save their lives While the elder boy grows up to be a street vendor living by his wits. Contests common throughout East Asia in the 19th century and before in order to cash in the prize In the legend which has built up around him he was a womanizer and a fervent fan of the byproducts of rice fermentation So clearly there is much for Yi to work with here and work with it he does Out of the welter of legends and facts about Kim he constructs a plausible life story that holds one s interest closely This Kim is certainly not admirable but he is convincingly real His hopes of regaining high status as a scholar dashed full of resentment bitterness and self absorption he abandons his wife and two small sons to fend for themselves and wanders the country making a living as mentioned He often uses his poems as weapons to hurt or embarrass his opponents One of the legends is how he had a poetry contest with a proud monk for which the ground rules were that if one of the combatants were unable to continue the poem according to the complex rules they had established he would have to pull one of his own teeth out In the legend the monk ends up toothless This is held to be a mark of the excellence of Kim s poetic capabilities I want to know what kind of son of a bitch would even agree to such a competition The man was bitter bitter bitterFortunately Kim has a chance meeting with the Old Drunkard who planted the seed of the realization that poetry is not rules and cleverness but character and insight The old man defends an attitude similar to that of the original Taoist masters Chuang tzu and Lao tzu The Old Drunkard euated poet with sage Though it was only a seed and the story of Kim s new life as itinerant poet was ust beginning the seed was to germinate and sprout After various adventures and internal development Yi s Kim eventually realizes that the true poet s poem is his life that the true poet is a sage Worldly ambition and the bitterness and resentment that come with unfulfilled ambition are unutterably irrelevant The book ends with Kim s apotheosis as witnessed by his eldest sonIn the process of telling this story of Kim Yi also provides a picture of life in Korea at the end of the Choson era when the social fabric was tearing under the strains of poor harvests and the total corruption of all the institutions in the country when governments officials at all levels were interested solely in enriching themselves and maintaining their advantages when the military would steal everything they could carry as they moved about the country beating down rebellions and when the Confucian meritocracy was only a shadow of itselfWestern readers should be forewarned that Yi does not observe the conventions of historical fiction they are familiar with neither does Shiba Ryotaro though Shiba s and Yi s works vary from our expectations in different ways In much of the text it appears that Yi intends to write a critical biography of Kim he pulls back from the story analyzes the evidence and proposes hypotheses and arguments Elsewhere he empathetically projects himself directly into Kim s mind and gives us his thoughts and actions along the lines of historical fiction in the modern West This inconsistency in tone and authorial stance may disturb some readers but the I read outside of the 19th and 20th century Western fictional canon the less I care about such matters The crux is whether the author communicates something interesting beautiful moving andor profound The image above is of a monument to Kim Pyong yon According to this sourcehttpwwwktlitcomkim sakkat korea among others Kim Sakkat was also influential in the Korean rap scene and was mentioned by name in the first Korean rap Though the grandfather was drawn and uartered most of the family survived by scattering throughout the country until they were pardoned a few years later Their lives were spared but their property remained confiscated Isn t it the case that some postmodernists reject these kinds of consistency in favor of other kinds Conventions do help to ease communication but they also uickly become restrictive and limiting not only on expression but even on the ability to perceive Rating Yi Mun yol made a strong impression particularly on young readers with two early works Son of Man 1979 and A Portrait of My Youth 1981 The theme of both is a young man s uest for spiritual enlightenment He returns to the theme in this work this time following the initially young man through his entire life Of the three works The Poet is the most interesting and also the most artistically successfulThe book begins A book about this man s life I am impressed by the man as a poet after reading the article than after reading the book It is odd that the book didn t include all of these linguistic games he was able to do it touches upon them but ust barely Anyway taken together with that article the book is uite interesting Half biography half historical novel Yi Mun Yol s The Poet opens with a scene of startling power a mother from a noble Korean house keens as her four and six year old sons are sent away with a freed serf to hide them from the royal edict of execution against the entire family The boys destination is another serf emancipa Shiin The Poet 1992 is a piece of historical fiction written by one of Korea s leading contemporary novelists Yi Mun yol b 1948 which resurrects the life and times of the poet Kim Pyong yon 1807 1863 It appears that Yi chose to write about Kim because they had a fundamental commonality Kim was the grandson of a traitor and Yi s father defected to North Korea on ideological grounds during the Korean War and left FAMILY BEHIND THE CONSEUENCES FOR family behind The conseuences for Kim Yi went well beyond schoolyard hazingBut Kim Pyong yon was also a very colorful figure who still has a presence in modern Korean popular culture where he is known as Kim Sakkat after the reed or bamboo hat worn by the Korean working classes at the time When his grandfather the magistrate of a major city collaborated with rebels against the central government who had overrun the provincial capital and who were swept away again by the government s army the former governor and three generations of his family were all condemned to death not unusual in East Asia Kim and one of his brothers were hidden in the home of a former servant and escaped execution But Kim could not escape the conseuent life on the margins of society He made And reconciled to the loss of status it is on the younger son that their mother pins her hopes of recovering the family's social position In The Poet Yi Mun yol tells the story of this younger son the wandering poet who lived in the strictly hierarchical Korea of than 100 years ago a man driven to the margins of society even as he strove for recognit.

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