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Already an international best-seller, television scriptwriter Cho's debut novel has been credited with helping to 'launch Korea's new feminist movement.' The fact that gender inequity is insidiously pervasive throughout the world will guarantee that this tale has immediate resonance, and its smoothly accessible, albeit British English vernacular-inclined, translation by award-winning translator Chang will ensure appreciative Anglophone audiences. Cho's narrative is part bildungsroman and part Wikipedia entry (complete with statistics-heavy footnotes).... Cho's matter-of-fact delivery underscores the pervasive gender imbalance, while just containing the empathic rage. Her final chapter, "2016," written as Jiyoung's therapist's report--his claims of being "aware" and "enlightened" only damning him further as an entitled troll--proves to be narrative genius.--Terry Hong, Booklist [starred review]

I loved this novel. Kim Jiyoung's life is made to seem at once totally commonplace and nightmarishly over-the-top. As you read, you constantly feel that revolutionary, electric shift between commonplace and nightmarish. This kind of imaginative work is so important and so powerful.--Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot

This is a book about the life of a woman living in Korea; the despair of an ordinary woman, which she takes for granted. The fact that it's not about 'someone special' is extremely shocking, while also being incredibly relatable.--Sayaka Murata, author of Convenience Store Woman, in Yomiuri Shimbun --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Cho Nam-joo is a former television scriptwriter. In the writing of this book she drew partly on her own experience as a woman who quit her job to stay at home after giving birth to a child. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is her third novel. It has had a profound impact on gender inequality and discrimination in Korean society, and has been translated into 18 languages. Jamie Chang is an award-winning translator and teaches at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07LFL9V9Z
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scribner UK (20 February 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1412 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 168 pages
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    4.4 out of 5 stars 1,621 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 2 March 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 ❤
By Zorini Lungṭau on 2 March 2020
I'm happy we finally got an English translation. This book delineates gender bias in Korean society in general and in family and workplace in particular. It highlights the complete absence or extremely low percentage of one gender as you go higher in management and its effect in policy making that often ended up favouring one gender over another, and the detrimental effect on the entire working population.
It also talks about menstruation, maternity leave, unequal pay and unequal division of unpaid labour, spy cams and pornography, child care, and the insensitivity of the general public towards these matters.
It will definitely make it to my favourite books of all time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality - and- Worth Reading
By Vikash Goyal on 4 September 2020
This is about the fairer sex.
This is about misogyny.
This is about all the women around the world.
This book, is about Kim Jiyoung in Korea.

Kim Jiyoung is the voice of all women in Korea. She sharply bares the plight and apathy of those women in their sex biased society. Her commentary cuts like a whip and reads like a rant.

Kim Jiyoung suffers from post partum depression and takes the personalities of other females as her ailment exacerbates. Her life story - and how it leads to her present condition, is narrated by a psychiatrist.

The story has a single track theme of misogyny.
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The writing is simple and straight. The story is filled with statistics, hence, never leaving the truth about gender discrimination.

The story is not really captivating and doesn't really hold the reader's attention firmly, but being a short book that doesn't really bother one.
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My verdict- Worth a try!
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Dolly809
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsure
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 March 2020
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James Tormey
4.0 out of 5 stars An important read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating, honest and brilliant.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars A dull read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 July 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feminista oriental
Reviewed in Brazil on 10 August 2020
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