Translated from Korean by Booker Worldwide winner, Deborah Smith, this beautiful, best-selling image ebook written and illustrated by Kim Hyo-eun, described as a cinematic journey, seems on the lives of individuals seen by means of the eyes and voice of a Seoul subway practice.
A quick introduction shares the historical past of the Seoul subway which 7.2 million folks use each day, on town strains alone. The subway community is the longest on the earth. That is set in a nook towards an opaque view of the Han River and the bridge above.
Individuals transfer from one place to a different. The identical passengers wait on the identical cease on the identical time each day. The practice travels the identical route, that crosses the bridge over the Han.
Passengers nod off however shortly open their eyes to verify the station when the practice involves a halt. Mr Wanju races down the escalators because the doorways open at Hapjeong station. He’s all the time operating. He breathes deeply as he checks the time.
Metropolis Corridor is subsequent. An aged woman boards carrying seafood. Via a change of font in italics she describes a life stuffed with challenges, and her household for whom she has shopped.
Two new passengers enter on the following cease. A frazzled girl is dragging a toddler that may’t sustain. Her chaotic life is ready out in photos scattered throughout two pages. She has raised her kids. Now she is elevating her grandchildren.
The person with the shiny footwear and the proud stroll steps on. I can inform a lot about an individual simply by their footwear. The subway presents up a reflective monologue concerning the many sorts of footwear, the form they’re in and the individuals who put on them.
There may be the salesperson together with his trolley stuffed with merchandise. He spruiks whereas the practice is transferring. Right here is Lee Do-Younger with the particular title chosen by his father. A scholar sags, overwhelmed by her examine schedule and the fixed rush to suit all of it in.
The afternoon journey is equivalent. It’s all about the distinctive lives of strangers you may by no means meet once more, which might be throughout you each time you’re taking the practice.
With echoes of Korean cinema type, this ebook captures the extraordinary of every day. The beautiful illustrations are created in watercolour. This can be a ebook to not be missed.
Title: I’m the Subway
Writer/Illustrator: Kim Hyo-eun
Writer: Scribble, $
Publication Date: 1 September 2021
For ages: 6+
Sort: Image Ebook