Review: The House of the Winds



Title: House of the Winds

Author: Yun, Mia

Year: 1998

Publisher: Interlink /Penguin Readers Guide Inside



A mother with three children struggles to survive in 1960s South Korea after being abandoned by her husband. A first novel by a Korean-American writer. This series is designed to bring to North American readers the once-unheard voices of writers who have achieved wide acclaim at home, but are not recognized beyond the borders of their native lands. With special emphasis on women writers, Interlink’s Emerging Voices series publishes the best of the world’s contemporary literature in translation or original English. A portrait of a family whose lives have been deeply affected by the tumultuous long years of Japanese rule & the Korean War. (Source: Google Books)


I say:

House of the Winds is one of the first books I’ve read penned by an Asian writer (Non-Filipino). She made me read in awe about Korean culture, how unknown it is to me and to the rest of the world. There is more to Koreans, women to be exact, that we should know more of: their stories about love and hardships. All worth reading or telling to.

I felt for the Young Wife and her children, who held on and kept on moving forward even on the thresholds of falling apart. Her story may be similar to many others around the world, as painful and equally inspiring. Mia Yun gave her life in my imagination. It was through her vivid description of emotions, situations faced, even through her very actions. Taken from a young girl’s stand, the unmasked innocence put on view the family issues that cloud their society, again, something we all suffer from or stumble upon once in our lifetime.

The words of her book felt real to me. It is for mothers, wives, and daughters who bravely face life and all of its uncertainties.