‘Delightful... I read the novel with enormous pleasure and admiration.’
A Single Shard
‘Delightful’ Philip PullmanLinda Sue Park
‘Delightful… I read the novel with enormous pleasure and admiration.’ PHILIP PULLMAN
A SPECIAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THIS AWARD-WINNING TALE ABOUT THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE BY THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF A LONG WALK TO WATER
13-year-old Tree-ear lives in a Korean village famous for its ceramics. He doesn’t have much but he loves to watch master potter Min at work and dreams of learning the craft one day.
Reluctantly Min agrees to let Tree-ear help him. Determined to do whatever it takes to prove himself, Tree-ear embarks on a dangerous journey to present his master’s work to the king, unaware it will change his life forever.
'The novel has the deceptive simplicity of a folk-tale… For the most part Linda Sue Park describes Tree-ear’s development through simple interactions and dialogues. It’s a measure of her skill that these exchanges suggest wise insight, not banality. Reflective readers who surrender to the quiet rhythms of the prose and the plot will surely find pleasure both in the crafting of the pots and in the receptive awareness of Tree-ear.'
‘Park moulds a moving tribute to perseverance and creativity in this finely etched novel set in mid-to-late 12th century Korea. . . Readers will not soon forget these characters or their sacrifices.’
‘Tree-ear’s story conveys a time and place far away and long ago, but with a simplicity and immediacy that is both graceful and unpretentious. A timeless jewel.’
‘This book not only gives readers insight an unfamiliar time and place, but it is also a great story.’
‘Readers will feel the hunger and cold that Tree-ear experiences, as well as his shame, fear, gratitude, and love. A well-crafted novel with an unusual setting.’
‘Park's story is alive with fascinating information about life and art in ancient Korea.’
‘This finely crafted novel brings 12th-century Korea and these indelible characters to life.’
‘A great read about skills, workmanship, friendship, hardship, different cultures, bravery and perseverance.’