Sunday, February 7, 2010

CROSSOVER SUNDAY

The Color of Earth (Color Trilogy, #1) The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa



My rating: 5 of 5 stars

CROSSOVER SUNDAY

I love books. All Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Comic Books and Manga. My wish with crossover sunday is to introduce readers to new genres.



My first review is The Color Of Water .

"In a timeless village in rural Korea young Ehwa and her widowed mother live quietly together,best friends and confidantes" Kim Dong Hwa



The color of earth is a gorgeously illustrated Black and white Manga. The First in a triology of books about the life and loves of a mother in daugter in rural Korea. Manga as well as Comic Books are often an undiscovered country for most readers. The left to right fomat and trnslation hurdels often keep people from trying them. What I love most about manga is the variety of themes and genres that fit under the umbrella of the word "manga"



In this first volume we see Ewha on the cusp of womanhood. She is beginning to notice the change in her boy as well as boys. Her mother a widow and tavern owner encounters a travelling artist that stirs her heart. Ewha meanwhile is feeling the first blossoming of love for a young boy working at a local buddhist temple. This series is in the american format of right to left. There are great scenes that express the landscape and spirituality of the Korean people.Kim Dong Hwa is a master storyteller and artist. He seems to be heavily influenced by the women in his life as well as his own fascination with a womans heart.:) I would reccommend this book for teenagers and adults. there is some nudity but it is handeled artistically. One thing that might be troublesome to readers is the blantant sexualy sugesstivity and sometimes blatant verbal abuse Ehwa's mother endures running the tavern. It doesnt amount to physical abuse but it is a little disturbing,I'm sure modern day waitresses encounter similar exchanges. These scenes are limited though and don't detract from the overall beauty of the series.



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