Snow Hunters The brief, simple sentences that form this elegant tone poem of a novel, called Snow Hunters , have the effect of making you slow down… Snow Hunters The brief, simple sentences that form this elegant tone poem of a novel, called Snow Hunters , have the effect of making you slow down… 2013-08-06 Fiction Simon & Schuster
Book Review

Snow Hunters (2013)

SNOW DAYS Author Paul Yoon's Snow Hunters is a poetic composition about a North Korean soldier's journey in Brazil.
SNOW DAYS Author Paul Yoon's Snow Hunters is a poetic composition about a North Korean soldier's journey in Brazil.
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 06, 2013; Writer: Paul Yoon; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The brief, simple sentences that form this elegant tone poem of a novel, called Snow Hunters, have the effect of making you slow down to read them — which is a fitting way to experience the story of a man unmoored by memory and time. After the Korean War, a North Korean soldier named Yohan immigrates to Brazil, where he learns how to engage with a colorful new world and new people — an old Japanese tailor, a groundskeeper, street urchins — even as his past crowds his mind. At times Yoon's stripped-down style feels like restraint for the sake of aesthetics, but other moments perfectly capture Yohan's reawakening spirit: ''He thought of these years as another life within the one he had. As though it were a thing he was able to carry.'' B+

Originally posted Jul 31, 2013 Published in issue #1271 Aug 09, 2013 Order article reprints