The Color of Heaven

The Color of Heaven

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"A celebration of the triumph of true love. As Ehwa grew from a girl to a young woman in The Color of Earth and The Color of Water, she began to understand and experience love and relationships, with her mother as a model and confidante. Now, in the heartwarming conclusion to this lyrically written and delicately drawn trilogy, Ehwa's true love comes at last, and as her mother looks on, she takes the final steps towards becoming an adult" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2009.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9781596434608
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC Kim Tonghwa v.3
Characteristics: 320 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Na, Lauren
Alternative Title: Hwangt'opit iyagi. 3


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Sep 30, 2018

Still living in rural Korea with her mother, young Ehwa becomes a teenage bride in this concluding volume. I enjoyed the faithful depiction of a traditional Korean wedding ceremony. In a short touching note at the end of the book, the author reveals that this is really the story of his mother's life.

Apr 14, 2017

I found this book to have a lot of romance and presented itself in not only how children in another country grow up, but how children in the United States grow up.

Oct 16, 2014

And so, this book concludes the adolescent stories of Ehwa and her mother. Though not as great as the first book, this book is much better than book #2. (SPOILERS MIGHT COME UP IN THE FOLLOWING) The narration is once again very deep, profound, and poetic. The artwork is detailed, and I found it interesting how this book had lots of artistic symbolism to show what happens in certain scenes. Contrasting events were also used very nicely, such as comparing the passionate love-making of a newly-wed couple to that of an elderly couple in a humorous manner. But there are a couple of shortfalls for this book. First, there aren't a lot of plot events. There are some major events that happen, but much of the time, the author wants you to experience the feelings of waiting that the characters go through, and that can slow the plot quite a bit. Second, the series works us up to Ehwa's marriage, but unfortunately we are only able to stay a short time in her new married life before the series ends. I also felt the last chapter was pretty much just an extensive sex scene. Dong-Hwa could have addressed other things in those pages instead of showing a play-by-play of sex. Furthermore, I didn't like how he tried to portray an "ideal marriage life". One of the characters happily asks after sex, "Is this what married life is like?" and the answer of course is no (Dong-Hwa implies the answer is "yes"), especially for farmer families during those times. But Dong-Hwa doesn't discuss those issues, he just briefly mentions them sometimes, and I guess he did this because he wanted to give us a happy ending. With that being said, I found myself feeling much more satisfied and happy for Ehwa's mother's story than for Ehwa, probably because Ehwa's marriage ends up being rushed, while we have had 3 books to get to know Ehwa's mother's love story. This book is fairly good as a conclusion to the series, but I just wish he spent more time discussing more aspects of life back then instead of slowing down the pace and then hastily ending it with a happy ending.

May 03, 2012

I loved the first volume in this series, but was more and more disappointed in the subsequent books. There is no character development and the main character has no personality or autonomy. I recommend that readers pretend Book One was a standalone story.


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