The Island of Sea Women

The Island of Sea Women

Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls from very different backgrounds, as they begin working in the sea with their village?s all-female diving collective. Over many decades?through the Japanese colonialism of the 1930s and 1940s, World War II, the Korean War, and the era of cellphones and wet suits for the women d Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls from very different...

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Author:Lisa See
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:374 pages pages

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  • JanB
    Mar 30, 2019
    5 stars! On the tiny island of Jeju in South Korea, live the ?Sea Women?, the haenyeo. Starting at a young age under the tutelage of their elders, girls undergo rigorous training to dive the depths of the ocean and harvest sea urchins, octopus, and other delicacies from the ocean ...
  • Elyse Walters
    Jan 17, 2019
    ?As the Korean saying goes, *Haenyos* do the work of the dead in the land of the living?. ?Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. In this world, the undersea world, we tow the burdens of a hard life?. Women harvest together, sort together, and sell t...
  • Marialyce
    Mar 30, 2019
    There is nothing better than a well researched historical fiction novel. This book was extensive in its detail of the fictional lives of its two principal protagonists Mi-Ja and Young-Sook. It was was a book seeped in detail, filled with sorrow, and the ideal of friendship, and althoug...
  • Brenda
    May 01, 2019
    4.5?s Jeju Island, Korea in the 1930s was made up of huge teams of women ? the haenyeo - the all-female diving collective who provided for their families during the seasons, while the men of the families cared for the children. Young-sook was born into the life. Her mother was ...
  • Jennifer
    Mar 09, 2019
    photo credit: ???? Full of history, culture and female collectivity, The Island of Sea Women spans generations while showcasing the women who put their lives at risk for tradition. Author Lisa See explores the haenyeo (Korean f...
  • Sue
    Mar 05, 2019
    In this well researched, illuminating novel exploring the haenyeo culture of Jeju Island in Korea, that of the the titular sea women, Lisa See has opened up a portal to a time and place far removed from my Western life. The reader sees events through the eyes of Young-Sook from her chi...
  • Esil
    Mar 30, 2019
    The Island of Sea Women was so interesting. I knew nothing about 20th century Korea and certainly nothing about the island of Jeju and its history of female divers. Lisa See does a fabulous job of laying out Jeju?s history through this novel focused on two fictional divers, Young-soo...
  • Libby
    Apr 04, 2019
    Set on Jeju Island in the Korea Strait, Lisa See?s novel focuses on the matrifocal society of haenyeo, women sea divers. The women learn at early ages from their mothers and grandmothers to dive and harvest the ocean?s plants and sea creatures, coming up at frequent intervals to re...
  • Lisa Wolf
    Apr 02, 2019
    The Island of Sea Women is a gorgeous, though-provoking, emotionally powerful read. We first meet Young-sook as an old woman on the beach in Jeju in 2008, thinking back on her life and feeling somewhat amused by the tourists who now flock to her island, viewing the elders of the haenye...
  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 25, 2019
    For the first third of this novel, though I was liking the story, I felt like I was observing from afar, wasn't connecting emotionally with the story. I was enjoying learning about the life of the haenyo and their diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. A matriarchal society is...
  • Anna
    Apr 24, 2019
    Jeju Island is just off the southern coast of Korea. It's strategic location made it a target, first for the Japanese and later the Americans, neither of whom treated the people with kindness or respect. The slightest infraction could mean death. Jeju is also an island of strong, dete...
  • Angela M
    Mar 24, 2019
    I first learned about the Korean island of Jeju and the Haenyeo, the female divers, the fisher women who were the major providers of food and income for their families, when I read White Chrysanthemum. It was a story of the Japanese occupation of Korea and the horrors of young women be...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Apr 09, 2019
    4 stars I hate it when I put off a review. But I intentionally put this one on hold. I finished the book and then planned to go to book club to discuss it - hoping to see different objectives and then write my review. However, I was unable to go to that book club meeting, then forgo...
  • Debra
    Feb 26, 2019
    Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends who grew up on the Korean Island of Jeju. They are part of the Haenyeo culture on the island. The Haenyeo, or women of the sea, can dive deep, have a higher shivering threshold, and provide for their families, even diving while pregnant. The girls/...
  • PorshaJo
    Apr 09, 2019
    Rating 3.75 I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one. And to be honest, I'm torn. I'm a big Lisa See fan. I've read a number of her books. Some I've loved, some not so much. I've attended numerous talks by her and will always try and see her speak when I can. I have one of her books...
  • Jaline
    Feb 12, 2019
    Update: Happy Publication Day! (Today, March 5th, 2019) Haenyeo is the Korean name for the sea women who, through careful husbandry, harvest the sea through various seasons of production and restoration. On Jeju Island, south of mainland Korea, they called themselves jamsu, jamnyeo,...
  • Linda
    Feb 23, 2019
    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." (Mother Teresa) The threads of time, commitment, connection, and honor run deeply through this latest offering by the highly talented Lisa See. We follow her to the Korean volcanic island of Jeju in...
  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
    Jun 24, 2019
    3.5 Stars I read The Island of Sea Women for the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge and read it with a couple of my Traveling Friends. I used it for the prompt for Not from around here: Read a book set in a different culture from your own. I was completely drawn into the setting...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Feb 17, 2019
    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This was a bit of a slow moving read for me, probably because there were so many characters and so much detail about a multitude of things. When we start the novel the island of Jeju off the coast of Korea is under Japanese control. The two main characters Mi...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Apr 30, 2019
    This book was soo good and sad and did I say good!? It?s now on one of my Amazon wishlists!! Mel ???? ...
  • Erin
    Apr 02, 2019
    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women is a tale of friendship and forgiveness during the backdrop of various world events. Lisa See isn't just a compelling...
  • Carolyn
    Jul 01, 2019
    If you're interested in modern Asian history this makes for an engrossing read. Not only does it tell of the fascinating lives of the traditional haenyeo, or diving women who harvested fish and seafood on the Korean island of Jeju, but it also describes the political eruptions that aff...
  • Thomas
    Feb 24, 2019
    5 stars This is a story of pain , sorrow, anger, anger and grief all rolled into one. This is historical fiction, set on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It centers on the relationship between two women, Mi-ja and Young-sook, from the 1930s to 2008. They are best friends growing up in...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Mar 04, 2019
    Talk about a fascinating premise, and from Lisa See, one of my favorite authors? The Island of Sea Women is captivating historical fiction at its masterful best. ? ? ? ? ? On the Korean island of Jeju, women do the work of diving, while the men take care of the children....
  • Bkwmlee
    Mar 18, 2019
    Lisa See is now officially on my favorite authors list, despite the fact that I have not yet read every single one of her novels (which I intend to rectify one of these days). Ever since reading her previous work The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (a book that I absolutely adored), I h...
  • Whitney
    Apr 10, 2019
    Overall: A coming of age story set on the seas of occupied Korea. This story is about the long history of the haenyeo (female divers) of Jeju island and follows from WWII through present day. Heart breaking, eye opening, and overall a wonderful, albeit quite heavy read 7/10 *Warning ...
  • Nadia
    Feb 13, 2019
    4.5 stars Have you ever heard about the matriarchal society led by Haenyeo? No?! Well, me neither... until I read The Island of Sea Women. Haenyeo are female divers from the Korean island Jeju. Known for their independent spirit, strong will and bravery, the haenyeo are representati...
  • Bren
    Jun 19, 2019
    ?They did this to me. They did that to me. A woman who thinks that way will never overcome her anger. You are not being punished for your anger. You're being punished by your anger.? ? Lisa See, The Island of Sea Women rating and review to follow. I stayed up until 5:00...
  • Lucy Langford
    Apr 17, 2019
    4.5**** ?How do we fall in love? ... How different it is with friendship. No one picks a friend for us. We come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son. We tie ourselves together through moment. The spark when we first me...
  • Kylie D
    Apr 23, 2019
    A deeply moving tale, 'The Island Of Sea Women' follows the life of Young-sook from when she's an inexperienced baby diver, through to being chief haenyeo, through to her eighties. Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja grow up together in a small village on the South Korean island of...