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I received this book through NetGalley last week Thursday I tried to read it with the Virtual Silent Book Club but our power went outknocked down power lines no worries thereI only mention this because I wanted no needed to finish this book so badly that I read it through the early morning hours with a head lamp This book is actually a composite biography memoir about the military regime in South Korea Which is kind of funny because typically when we in the United States hear the I received this book through NetGalley last week Thursday I tried to read it with the Virtual Silent Book Club but our power went outknocked down power lines no worries thereI only mention this because I wanted no needed to finish this book so badly that I read it through the early morning hours with a head lamp This book is actually a composite biography memoir about the military regime in South Korea Which is kind of funny because typically when we in the United States hear the words Korea and political regime in the same sentence, we think about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un South Korea is not really on our media s radar So we do not hear of the political unrest or human rights violations in South Korea on our TV Most of us also never learned about South Korea in the classroom So Banned Book Club was an enlightening endeavor for me Choosing to teach about this time in history through a graphic novel was a nice way to represent the people and their struggle without being too overwrought That does not lessen the value of the story however my physical copy is laden with flags and highlights.One aspect of the book that I liked was that it shows throughout history how books and art were used as a form of protest The author not only declares books as political, but goes further to address the reasons why those in power censor books The reason is not just because of possible messages of dissent, but rather that they can see themselves as the villains of these novels Their fear that others may recognize this is what drives them to ban books They want to control their image, to control the political narrativeChun needed a distraction A crisis An imminent threat for people to fear Something only HE could Protect us fromWith this referral to the fabricated Gwangju invasion Banned Book Club hits rather close to homeHow can Chun trick everyone How do people not see what s happening He doesn t care if we believe him or not He created such a divide between the people who believe his lies and those who don t that the country is too torn apart to come together and properly oppose him In Banned Book Club the main character is a young woman setting off to college Her mother opposes her going She complains about the cost and tells her that money would be better spent on her brother She also fears that her daughter will get caught up in the student led protests Her father wants her to have this experience It is an opportunity he didn t have He also wants her to have the chance to make her own decisions For her part, Hyun Sook just wants to go to college to learn In her mind learning is book knowledge not life experience When she arrives at the college it seems as if everybody is trying to make her decisions for her It takes Hyun Sook quite a while to realize this It is not until the end of the book where she say to herself You know what You decided what group I was going to join And you decided whether we were going to be in a relationship No one asked me what I wanted When do I get to make the decisions about my lifeI have read a few reviews where they faulted the author for Hyun Sook being sorted pushed around and led from one decision to the other But just remembering from when I was younger it was hard when I first left home for college It was the first time in my life that I was responsible for myself I was still trying to figure out who I was while being bombarded with all of these new sets of ideas and meeting different types of people that I would have never encountered if I stayed in my home town That time in one s life is one of discovery and experimentation It takes a while for you to settle down into who you truly are and what you will become as an adult member of society So I understand why it takes time for Hyun Sook to come into her own truth Although Banned Book Club is billed as YA I would say that it definitely holds something for an adult audience It reminds me of other powerful graphic novels like Incognegro by Mat Johnson and Persepolis The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi Special thanks to NetGalley, Iron Circus Comics and the authors for access to this book. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Hi, I m an ignorant American who was raised in the American public school system I m not dumb, and I try to learn on my own via reading books, magazine articles, web based news with a grain of salt and watching various videos documentaries online, but there are HUGE gaping holes in what I know This graphic novel exposed one of those areas of lack of knowledge to me.I had NO IDEA that South Korea wasn t magically a democracy after the Korean War I had no clue that there was a dictatorship an Hi, I m an ignorant American who was raised in the American public school system I m not dumb, and I try to learn on my own via reading books, magazine articles, web based news with a grain of salt and watching various videos documentaries online, but there are HUGE gaping holes in what I know This graphic novel exposed one of those areas of lack of knowledge to me.I had NO IDEA that South Korea wasn t magically a democracy after the Korean War I had no clue that there was a dictatorship and that the people of South Korea had to fight and revolt for democracy I just assumed they always were democratic after the war You know what I think would be a good high school college class One about democracy around the world and how the people had to fight for it, and the places where they are still fighting for it This book would be required reading for that class Honestly, I think it should be required reading for all Americans in the school system When I went to school at least, we didn t get a lot about other countries, at least, not that I remember To be fair, that was a while ago Also to be fair, I don t recall most of what I learned back then Or at least I can t differentiate it from what I just know and don t know where I picked it up Maybe from school, maybe from a book, who knows So, back to the book It was amazing and terrifying and I can t imagine living in fear of the Government and having to fight for basic rights like voting and reading what you want to read Yes, America has it s issues, but I m not afraid I m going to be dragged to prison by the police, beaten to give up my friends and locked up without due process because I was seen reading 1984 or the Handmaid s Tale America isn t perfect and it is always possible to go in the reverse re human rights, but I think there are a lot of people who are extra vigilant about making sure we don t lose our rights, so we haven t back slid to dystopia, yet This book is a good way to keep us awake and aware and not take our rights for granted Yes, they got violent I m not pro violence at all, but I am not judging what they did to get the freedoms they deserved as human beings I think they were immensely brave and they did things I don t know I would be able to do if I was in that situation So thank you Kim Hyun Sook, for sharing this with the world It needed to be said and shared and I am glad that I was able to read this book This is one I will be recommending to everyone 5, life isn t always how we think it is and sometimes we need to fight for it to be the way it should be, stars My thanks to NetGalley and Letter Better Publishing Services Iron Circus Comics for an eARC copy of this book to read and review @Download Book à Banned Book Club ⛓ When Kim Hyun Sook started college inshe was ready for her world to open up After acing her exams and sort of convincing her traditional mother that it was a good idea for a woman to go to college, she looked forward to soaking up the ideas of Western Literature far from the drudgery she was promised at her family s restaurant But literature class would prove to be just the start of a massive turning point, still focused on reading but with life or death stakes she never could have imaginedThis was during South Korea s Fifth Republic, a military regime that entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and the murder of protestors In this charged political climate, with Molotov cocktails flying and fellow students disappearing for hours and returning with bruises, Hyun Sook sought refuge in the comfort of books When the handsome young editor of the school newspaper invited her to his reading group, she expected to pop into the cafeteria to talk about Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Scarlet Letter Instead she found herself hiding in a basement as the youngest member of an underground banned book club And as Hyun Sook soon discovered, in a totalitarian regime, the delights of discovering great works of illicit literature are quickly overshadowed by fear and violence as the walls close inIn BANNED BOOK CLUB, Hyun Sook shares a dramatic true story of political division, fear mongering, anti intellectualism, the death of democratic institutions, and the relentless rebellion of reading The art and storytelling is clunky, but the importance of the topic carries the day for me I do love me a triumph over censorship story.I have reservations about the veracity of this book as the marketing seems to present it as a memoir I dislike that the back cover says that this is a dramatic true story while the text buried at the back of the book says the writers took ingredients of true stories and sliced, diced, and blended them into one narrative starring a handful of amalgamated c The art and storytelling is clunky, but the importance of the topic carries the day for me I do love me a triumph over censorship story.I have reservations about the veracity of this book as the marketing seems to present it as a memoir I dislike that the back cover says that this is a dramatic true story while the text buried at the back of the book says the writers took ingredients of true stories and sliced, diced, and blended them into one narrative starring a handful of amalgamated characters at a fictional university And I found it odd that one of the real people mentioned in the book is called Noh Moo hyun, when his expressed and mostly respected preference was that his name be written in English as Roh Moo hyun Thanks to Iron Circus Comic and Edelweiss for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.I loved this comic so much I swallowed it in one sitting I m always moved when authors take history and bring it to a level that people can easily read and understand This story follows Hyun Sook as she leaves for college against her parents wishes While at college, she gets sucked into a secret banned book club led by a group of student protestors.I appreciated everything about this book The story reflec Thanks to Iron Circus Comic and Edelweiss for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.I loved this comic so much I swallowed it in one sitting I m always moved when authors take history and bring it to a level that people can easily read and understand This story follows Hyun Sook as she leaves for college against her parents wishes While at college, she gets sucked into a secret banned book club led by a group of student protestors.I appreciated everything about this book The story reflects on South Korean struggles that the world is wholly unaware of Each of the characters are real people whose actions lead to a change in the regime of S Korea I loved reading about them They were truly inspiring and at the end I couldn t help but be moved by their actions.The comic is fasted paced, action packed and the art is stunning This book needs to be used in schools to help students understand how fortunate they are This was a 10 10 for me I am ashamed to say I knew next to nothing about South Korean politics before reading this most excellent graphic novel just that once the nation was under the thumb of China, and that the US waged a war there in the 1950s, fighting against the communist regime in the north It did not go well But this account of the naive Hyun Sook, newly at university in 1983 and learning about her own nation s political travails for the first time, changed all of that In just 200 or so short, informative I am ashamed to say I knew next to nothing about South Korean politics before reading this most excellent graphic novel just that once the nation was under the thumb of China, and that the US waged a war there in the 1950s, fighting against the communist regime in the north It did not go well But this account of the naive Hyun Sook, newly at university in 1983 and learning about her own nation s political travails for the first time, changed all of that In just 200 or so short, informative pages, I experienced the highs and lows of discovery with her, as she and her new friends read books then banned in their nation books like The Feminine Mystique and The Motorcycle Diaries, presumably disapproved of for their revolutionary concepts and or authors risking imprisonment if caught Completely fascinating, this is an important story about a tumultuous time, and is not only educational but is also ultimately uplifting And kind of romantic, too Based on a true story, Banned Book Club tells of Kim Hyun Sook, a South Korean woman who finds herself joining an underground banned book club in the 1980 s During this time, the political climate in South Korea consisted of a corrupt government that banned Western literature and a military regime that obtained power through censoring, torturing and murdering protesters that were involved in consuming such content.We see Sook come into college with the mindset that she s only there to study, le Based on a true story, Banned Book Club tells of Kim Hyun Sook, a South Korean woman who finds herself joining an underground banned book club in the 1980 s During this time, the political climate in South Korea consisted of a corrupt government that banned Western literature and a military regime that obtained power through censoring, torturing and murdering protesters that were involved in consuming such content.We see Sook come into college with the mindset that she s only there to study, learn and read Soon enough, she finds out that it s not all that simple as she s exposed to the realities of the environment she s around I enjoyed seeing her growth In the beginning, she starts off closed off and blinded to the ideologies of the protesters and members of the BBC but as she uncovers and finds out the truth, she understands the power of having a voice, taking action and being part of something revolutionary.The book brings up a great discussion about censorship Why do people ban books Is it purely because of the content Do they see danger in the authors that create the content Or is it because there s a possibility that they see themselves in the villains or characters of the story and they re too ashamed to admit it I loved the ending message Progress isn t just a straight shot It s filled with twists and turns but in the end, that doesn t mean we should stop fighting for what s right My only gripe with this book is that it moved too fast for me, in a way that felt as if I was missing information There were so many characters thrown at once that it felt hard for me to distinguish between each of them at times It s not easy to condense history and real life events into a certain format, especially in graphic novel form so it s understandable.Although marketed as YA, I would definitely recommend this book for adults who enjoy reading nonfiction graphic novel memoirs as well I think this book would also be great reading material for Banned Book Week.Thank you to Netgalley and Letter Better Publishing Services for providing me an e ARC in exchange for an honest review What a lovely way to experience history This book takes multiple real life stories to give the reader a fictionalized true version of the protests in 1983 lead by college students Most of it is the story of the author, but for privacy reason has changed many names and consolidated some stories.It all starts with the government banning certain literature Particularly Western literature Kim wants to read these stories She wants to study literature But her mother is not happy She should be What a lovely way to experience history This book takes multiple real life stories to give the reader a fictionalized true version of the protests in 1983 lead by college students Most of it is the story of the author, but for privacy reason has changed many names and consolidated some stories.It all starts with the government banning certain literature Particularly Western literature Kim wants to read these stories She wants to study literature But her mother is not happy She should be working and finding a husband If anyone is going to go to school it should be her brother But with help from dad, Kim goes to classes, and learns about things outside her little home world While she loves to read she never realized that people could be thrown in jail for what they read And for what they right No one pressures her to join any resistance movement, they just say hey why don t you read what those in power don t want us to read It s eye opening And while trying to stay neutral, she actually ends up joining protests, and helping leadpeople to this literature that the government says is bad for people I have to give snaps to the author for the ending We never get a clear picture of what all happen We follow Kim though her getting involved, and then jump to 2017 where she reunites with her friends in modern protest for their land and their government The reader gets snippets of what the characters when through, like jail time, being teachers, evening staying involved in politics to make their world a better place.Overall I really enjoyed this story and learned quite a bit There are parts that are a bit confusing, but I think that is from taking a long and varied history and converting it to graphic novel form I think this book isn t only interesting to read, but to discuss I think it should appear on banned book lists, even if it itself has not been banned It opens up a wider discussion on why people and governments police what others read BBRC AuthenticVoice ReaderHarder journalism GondorGirlGNChallenge It s 1983 in South Korea, and a brutal militaristic regime wields power A group of university students hold secret meetings, where they discuss books that are forbidden by the regime and political news that is being suppressed This means that they have to be careful of the secret service, who are constantly on the lookout for communists and other subversives.Kim Hyun Sook is a freshman, who becomes a part of the group, first thinking they re a regular book club She soon finds out how danger It s 1983 in South Korea, and a brutal militaristic regime wields power A group of university students hold secret meetings, where they discuss books that are forbidden by the regime and political news that is being suppressed This means that they have to be careful of the secret service, who are constantly on the lookout for communists and other subversives.Kim Hyun Sook is a freshman, who becomes a part of the group, first thinking they re a regular book club She soon finds out how dangerous the club is, but also how important these small acts of defiance are.So I had very little knowledge of the political situation in South Korea of the last 40 or so years We only tend to reflect on North Korea, and this book makes clear how that is a mistake.It s actually quite shocking how close South Korea was to a authoritarian police state It makes the book a riveting readReceived a review copy through Edelweiss Now THIS is a graphic memoir I want to put in everybody s hands It s such an important one It s important to learn about history, and not just about your own country s It s important to learn about what happened and what is still going on in the world This graphic memoir does this so brilliantly It talks about fighting for democracy, fighting for what is right, fighting every single day because there s always something to work on The fact that I also absolutely adored the art made this rea Now THIS is a graphic memoir I want to put in everybody s hands It s such an important one It s important to learn about history, and not just about your own country s It s important to learn about what happened and what is still going on in the world This graphic memoir does this so brilliantly It talks about fighting for democracy, fighting for what is right, fighting every single day because there s always something to work on The fact that I also absolutely adored the art made this reading experience even better 4.25