The Grass Roof by Younghill Kang

October 3, 2008

Autobiographical novel of a scholar’s son’s coming of age in small village during the Japanese occupation, though that is felt with some distance. Kang focuses on classical education in that era, traditions for holidays and ceremonies, schooling, friends, family dynamic, a detailed account of Sam-Il, and finally emigration to America as young man. The prequel to Kang’s seminal EAST GOES WEST.