Thursday, January 9, 2014

Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon

Following the transformational journey of Yohan, a prisoner in the Korean War, to a coastal town in Brazil, Yoon tells a story of survival and the resilience of the human spirit.  With the help of the UN, Yohan receives an apprenticeship from Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor.  Although the two hardly speak, their kindness towards each other is palpable.  Despite war and devastation, we are reminded of the gentle goodness of the people that Yohan encounters when he first steps foot in a new country.  The blue umbrella Bia gives him is symbolic; it will come full circle.  This is a beautiful book!