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Daughters of the Dragon: A Comfort…

Daughters of the Dragon: A Comfort Woman's Story

by William Andrews

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When American Anna Carlson travels to a Korean orphanage to find out about her birth mother, she is devestated to find out that she has died. When the search seems to have ended, an older woman hands her a parcel. In it is a two-headed dragon with five toes. Thus, begins the story of Anna's heritage and her grandmother's past as a comfort woman in occupied Korea. ( )
  creighley | Jul 18, 2017 |
From the opening pages, this book kept me turning pages at a furious rate. I had been aware of the fact that Japan had invaded Korea in the 2nd world war, but I had no idea of the horrible things that happened to it's citizens. The story of a young girl and her sister, throughout their lives, was pretty amazing. The writer brings these characters to life.

This book made me want to do further research in the plight that these "Comfort Women" have taken on.

A lovingly told story of a not so lovely time in history. ( )
  hey-mom | Apr 4, 2017 |
An amazing journey!

Searching for her Korean birth mother leads twenty year old American Anna Carlson into a dark story of suffering, anguish and despair that the Japanese nation still has to properly apologize for.
This novel is a further example of women caught up into war and used and abused by those who think of themselves as more entitled and more powerful. An age old story.
Andrews has woven a wonderful heart wrenching story, without apology, and without false emotions.
What unfolds is the life of a young Korean girl, Jae-hee who is terribly and horribly brutalized during the Japanese occupation of Korea; and who is somehow able to emotionally stay strong, despite the dogs of despair nipping at her heals.
This is not gushy, not over the top, simply a telling of the journey of one young woman who is used as a sex slave 'comfort woman' by the Japanese. Jae-hee moves to North Korea in the hope of change and a better world. That was not the holy grail it was supposed to be. She then barely escapes with her life to South Korea to struggle as best she may in the aftermath of the Korean War, contending with the shaming prejudices rampant against her and her comfort sister sufferers.
Threaded throughout is the mystery of the comb with the two-headed dragon--a comb that Anna is confronted about by North Koreans.
A worthy and revealing read.

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  eyes.2c | Oct 8, 2016 |
This is a riveting tale of courage and triumph. Beautiful and well written this story tells the tragic history of Korea and what happened there. It is sad, hopeful, beautiful and full of life. I couldn't put it down and was sucked in from the beginning. William Andrews captures feel of this tale and really makes you believe it. I almost forgot I was reading a book of fiction. The characters jumped off the page and I could see the dust and feel the pain, courage and spirit to survive. ( )
  ReadingGrrl | Jul 19, 2016 |
A riveting and well written piece of fictional history based on documented true events of the conscription of thousands of young Asian women by the Japanese Imperial Army to become “comfort women” for its officers and troops. Japan has yet to fully apologize or justly recompense these women.
We follow the lives of two Korean teenagers, Jae-Hee and Soo-Hee and the mystery talisman of the golden comb carved with a two-headed dragon and five toes on its claws. They were subject to beatings, multiple rapes, and degradation. After the war, Jae-Hee attempts to integrate herself back into Korean society but Korea becomes divided. She escapes to the South with her daughter Soo-bo but the shame of her past follows her. Anna the orphaned daughter of Soo-Bo comes to Korea from America to discover her past.
This is a story that needs to be told and you won’t be disappointed by the author’s excellent narration.

I was provided with an electronic copy in return for an honest review. ( )
  mcdenis | Jun 30, 2016 |
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DURING WORLD WAR II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or “comfort women” for their soldiers. This is one woman’s riveting story of strength, courage and promises kept. In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja-hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army. Before they leave home, their mother gives them a magnificent antique comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon, saying it will protect them. The sisters suffer terribly at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war, Ja-hee must flee while her sister lies dying. Ja-hee keeps her time as a comfort woman a secret while she struggles to rebuild her life. She meets a man in North Korea who shows her what true love is. But the communists take him away in the middle of the night, and she escapes to the South. There, she finally finds success as the country rebuilds after the Korean War. However when her terrible secret is revealed, she’s thrown into poverty. In the depths of despair, she’s tempted to sell the comb with the two-headed dragon that she believes has no magic for her. Then one day she discovers its true meaning and her surprising heredity. And now she must find the only person who can carry on the legacy of the two-headed dragon… someone she abandoned years ago. Set within the tumultuous backdrop of 20th century Korea, Daughters of the Dragon by award-winning author William Andrews will make you cry and cheer for Ja-hee. And in the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm. Daughters of the Dragon is inspired by The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Memiors of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, the books of Amy Tan and Lisa See.

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