Nine Cloud Dream by Kim Man-Jung

The “greatest classic Korean novel” by Kim Man-Jung follows a young boy’s rags to riches story that encompasses wives, concubines, wise men, scholars, and the military. One man lives an incredible lifein 17th century Korea, continously attracting the most beautiful women, many whose status makes them worthy only of positions as his concubines, and experiencing fantastical elements, such as fairies and dragons. It’s challenging to view this as a great romance from the modern perspective of the Me Too movement. Then at the end, it’s all a dream. Classics are not for everyone. I was graciously given a digital copy from the publisher through NetGalley.