While its story is set in a time of tremendous historical and political change, The Tale of Choe Cheok is not a story that concerns itself with the rise and fall of states or the challenges facing societies. Instead, it focuses on individual experiences. In short, the ultimate human values that motivate these characters to survive are love between the male and female protagonists and family bonds in happiness. The first half of this work is a story of romance, in which Choe Cheok and Ok-yeong overcome various difficulties to be united in marriage. In the latter half, families scattered by two wars are reunited. The reunion occurs because of the characters full-hearted effort, for they do not even know if their loved ones are alive, and with the help of the uncanniest of fate.
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Kim Hunggyu is professor emeritus of Korean Literature at Korea University, where he received his Ph.D in Korean Literature. As a literary critic and renowned scholar of Korean literature, he authored a number of books and articles on both classical and modern Korean literature. He specializes in the study of traditional Korean poetry. His work Understanding Korean Literature has been translated and published in America. He co-authored A History of Korean Literature, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2003.
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Book Description Seoul Selection, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 92 pages. 7.20x5.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1624120164