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The Island of Sea Women

The Island of Sea Women

作者 : Lisa See

出版社 : SCRIBNER

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《雪花與秘扇》、《蜂鳥巷的茶家女孩》作者鄺麗莎又一部描繪女性愛恨與家族秘辛的小說,深度探討濟州島的海女文化。

濟州島上的美子與英淑來自不同的家庭背景,在七歲時同時接受海女的訓練,她們分享彼此的願望與秘密,成為最好的朋友,也開始一個充滿驚奇與責任並存卻也危險處處的生活。

從日本殖民韓國的1930年代開始,經過二戰、韓戰到手機時代,橫跨數十年的友情與仇恨在兩個女性的心中翻攪著。美子的父母是日本殖民時期的通敵者,她的一生被貼上賣國賊的標籤;英淑則來自海女世家,她的母親原是村莊海女的領導人,卻在一次潛水意外中喪生。而英淑摯愛的丈夫、兒子與小姑,也因為美子而失去生命。

在小說中,日人凌虐、屠殺濟州島人的描述令人不忍卒睹,濟州島的母系社會也翻轉了父系社會的景象;女性擔起體力活,男性在家照顧孩子。鄺麗莎透過這本小說,為讀者引介難忘的濟州海女形象,並且娓娓道來形塑這一群女性生命的歷史事件。

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.
 
Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epic set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wetsuits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story—one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.
 
‘Lisa See excels at mining the intersection of family, friendship and history... This novel spans wars and generations, but at its heart is a beautifully rendered story of two women whose individual choices become inextricably tangled’ Jodi Picoult
 
‘I was spellbound the moment I entered the vivid and little-known world of the diving women of Jeju... No one writes about female friendship, the dark and the light of it, with more insight and depth than Lisa See’ Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees
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