After much tears and sniffing, I’ve finally finished 우리들의 행복한 시간, a novel that has much meaning to me. I’ve probably mentioned it before, but 우행시 holds a special place in my heart as it was the first Korean novel I was interested in. I first learnt about the novel as a chapter was used in the Yonsei Reading 6 book, which I used while attending the YISS a few years ago.
It didn’t make much of an impression on me back then, seeing how my Korean wasn’t at a standard where I could appreciate literary books. Understanding and making sense of the words took up all my efforts. Didn’t think much about the book until I watched the movie 우행시 one day and damn I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much in a single movie >.<;; And thus that cemented my love for the movie, the actors/actresses and the book.
The novel was given to me by a friend and that made it extra meaningful (:
The first time I read it (3 years ago i think), it was awfully difficult. I had to pause and highlight almost every other word and the descriptive phrases used in novels were all alien to me. I barely made it past 60 pages or so before I soon left it aside (not deliberately). But I guessed I still put in a lot of effort into learning Korean in the meantime because in 2012 I was able to finish my first 2 Korean novels – the 전우치 novels.
Seriously, I am always amazed at my past self. While writing this, I was wondering when I finished my first Korean novel, so I went to google it (lol). So I ended up re-reading what I wrote then in Nov 2012 and I felt so…. impressed by my past self and ashamed of my current self. >< Where did all that passion and enthusiasm go to???
Human memories work in strange ways. With time, a happy moment then can seem “normal” now and suffering and pain can be neutralised. I always thought that I’m improving as a person with time but now looking at my past self (recorded down in writing) I feel so… D: D:
Okay back to the topic.
Decided to pick up 우행시 again a few weeks ago and started reading from the first page. For some reason, the book was such a breezy and easy read so I finished it without much effort o.O I MUST HAVE IMPROVED hahahhaha.
After finishing the book in the morning, I decided that I want to read non-fiction and so I took out my Korean history books again – the 4-volume 대한민국사 set. It has been a long time since I last read it and I arrogantly thought that it will be an easier read now.
Started from page 1 again and I found myself stumped at the words that I highlighted last time (words which I checked out then too). x.x Guess I’m still not that good? hahahahha
never mind, I’ll start again (:
back to the books.