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Overlapping Lives Through Letters: The Eighth Room by Kim Miwol


The protagonist of The Eighth Room is Yeong-dae, a 25-year-old who has just returned from serving in the military, but most of the story contains recollections from a notebook that belonged to Kim Ji-yeong, a woman 10 years his senior. As the Korea of the 1990s and 2000s is politically and culturally different, Kim Ji-yeong and Yeong-dae have dissimilar college lives. However, the one important thing they have in common is that the Kim Ji-yeong in the notebook and Yeong-dae are both in their early 20s. Yeong-dae begins to peruse her journal as though reading this notebook he happened upon had always been his purpose in life.



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