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Book recommendations for April

 

   
 

 The Neverending Story
by Michael Ende

Michael Ende is a well- known author for his book Momo. The Neverending Story also shows his unique and creative writing style which tells a story of a young boy called Bastian Balthazar Bux who enters the world of Fantastica in order to save the world from “Nothing.” Through many adventures, Bastian finds his true self. The story lets us think about the human ego and the importance of having dreams. A film adaptation of the book is also available in the Central Library.

 

 

   
 

On Life
by Leo Tolstoy

 

Jicheon-myeong, which means a person at age 50, comes to know the fundamentals of life. Whatever he has done before, whatever kind of life he has lived, at this age, a person learns the deep meaning of life. Leo Tolstoy wrote War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and other masterpieces since young. On Life is one of his late life masterpieces, written at the age of 59. He shares his own experience of people through various short stories that teach us the importance of understanding others.

 

 

   
 

Sai Si Ot
by James Eight Cartoonists

Do you think the world is fair to all? Eight cartoonists gathered in association with the National Human Rights Commission of Korea to correct this unfair society. They point out inequalities in Korean society, including sexual discrimination, discrimination based on educational background, and the gap between the rich and poor. In a range of satires from the cynical to the warm, they make the reader feel pleasure in reading and willing to change the world step by step. Written in the Korean alphabet, Hangeul, Sai Si Ot looks similar to the Chinese alphabet character for “Human.” Likewise, these cartoonists want to make a more humane society. Enjoy this piercing and surprisingly light and fun book.

Kim Du-hyeon  kimduhyeon51@dongguk.edu

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