An empathetic society, an almond that melts the cold
Fascinating style, unique characters, and fast-paced development!
“A powerful novel that will awaken the power of pain and empathy.”
A completely new novel appeared, more intense than the movie and tighter like a drama. It is a special growth story of a boy who 'can't feel emotions', and it starts with a strong event from the first chapter and has a strong suction power that makes the next page curious. In addition, it is a novel that resonates greatly in this era of ‘inability to empathize’, which has become insensitive to other people’s emotions, and excellently depicts the process of growing up by forming relationships with others, empathizing with their sorrows. The dramatic events and captivating style that unfolds like a movie will captivate the reader in an instant. Winner of the 10th Changbi Youth Literature Award following 『Wan Deuki』 and 『Wizard Bakery』.
The main character of 『Almond』, ‘Yoon Jae’, is a unique character who has difficulty feeling emotions. Yun-jae, who cannot read the other side of the words and actions of others, and cannot feel fear or anger well, has managed to live a “normal” life. Sometimes, mothers receive training on emotions such as laughter when others laugh, and saying thank you when they show a favor to you, “injection-style” emotional education.
A child who only sees the world as it is, Yoon-jae, who was called a 'monster', is left alone in this world as he loses his family in a tragic incident one day.
However, at the moment when he thought he had lost everything, a new relationship approaches Yoon-jae. Gon-i, a child with dark scars, Dora, a child with clear sensibility, and Dr. Shim, who wants to help Yun-jae, are such characters. The story unfolding between Yoon-jae and them makes us think about how difficult it is to understand other people's feelings, and how precious it is nonetheless. Readers who have lost time to mourn the loss and time to care for their emotions will have a chance to reflect on their own hearts while cheering for Yoon Jae. Yunjae's blunt tone paradoxically cuts the heart of the reader even more sadly, and the reader will be able to experience the elevation of deep and sincere emotions through this work.