OMG I’M SO HAPPY NOW.
Okay, to backtrack a little. I didn’t exactly finish the whole novel, seeing how it’s THREE BOOKS. But I’ve finished the entire book 1 (350 pages), and it’s about the length of a full novel too.
And it’s not just any modern novel.
It’s a historical novel, or history-based fiction novel. Whatever you call a 역사소설 in English.
SO DAMN HAPPY.
I own several novels and I haven’t finish one before, to be honest. ><;; But 전우치 is sooo captivating that I just had to keep on reading it! I’ll be talking more about it in detail and doing a preliminary book review in another post!
But now, I just want to rejoice in the fact that I finished one entire novel. I read the last 100 pages just in one day 😛 😛
When I first bought the novels, everyone was giving me the skeptical look.
“Can you actually read this? It’s pretty tough, not that easy for a Korean too…”, said a Korean friend.
I’m so glad I persevered through and now I can proudly announce that, yes, not only have I finished book 1, I can understand the plot perfectly, up to 97% (3% for the historical facts that I’m not familiar with).
It was tough at first. The preface had me going ?????? at all the historical names in hanja, the historical facts and all the long, never-ending sentences. I had to read a sentence, pause, re-read again and check all the new words in the dictionary. I even had to google for the historical facts to fully understand what I was reading.
The first chapter was not easy too. Set in the Joseon Dynasty, the book is full of words and speech styles from that era and even though I love love love sageuk speak, I had only heard it before in 해품달 HAHA. But somehow it just made sense to me and after a few pages, I felt really (strangely) comfortable with the sentence endings, speech styles etc. I highlighted quite a number of words in the earlier chapters, and as some of you might know, I did 2 readings. First reading is for the content, and 2nd reading to really search up words I was unsure of.
At first, the book was definitely a little out of my comfort zone. It took me pretty long to get through a page and I had to re-read some sentences again. But it never occurred to me to give up or think that I should come back to it again when my Korean is better. Or think that I would not be able to read it.Somehow I (strangely) always believe that I can do anything when it comes to Korean o.O
And I’m glad I believed in myself. By the middle of the book, I was getting used to all the new words and when they are repeatedly used in the novel, I became familiar with them. And the story was getting soooooooo damn exciting that I stopped doing the second reading halfway through and I even read 100 pages in a day. HAHAHA. And understood everything just fine, save for the new words which I kinda could guess the meanings. Anyway it didn’t hinder my reading and wow, the book was so.damn.awesome.
I’m rambling too much *excited*
Rewards will only come to those who put in the effort. Always believe in yourself and challenge harder materials!
Can’t wait to get on to the 2nd book!!! 😀 😀 😀
And this is random but here’s a photo of the major part of my collection ^^
Looking at the books make me soooooooooooooooooo damn happy. ♥♥♥♥
Won’t it be nice to have a walk-in library? 😀