First Kyu A Novel How far would you go to be first BEFORE WE BEGIN Let me tell you a story An old story a really old story Do you know how to play go You do First kyu a player of the first rank Really Have you ever c

  • Title: First Kyu: A Novel
  • Author: Sung-Hwa Hong
  • ISBN: 9780964479692
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • How far would you go to be first BEFORE WE BEGIN Let me tell you a story An old story, a really old story Do you know how to play go You do First kyu, a player of the first rank Really Have you ever competed in a professional qualifying tournament No Then you are not, I repeat NOT first kyu I know, I know Nowadays all kinds of bad players call themselves firHow far would you go to be first BEFORE WE BEGIN Let me tell you a story An old story, a really old story Do you know how to play go You do First kyu, a player of the first rank Really Have you ever competed in a professional qualifying tournament No Then you are not, I repeat NOT first kyu I know, I know Nowadays all kinds of bad players call themselves first kyu This story is, however, not about those fake first kyus It s a story of the real first kyus There is a guy who runs a smoke shop near Niagara Falls His name is Shin On rainy days he keeps staring at the falls and mumbles something like this I m sure they must all be playing for bangneki stakes happily somewhere Can you even guess what he is talking about If not, just hold on and listen to what I m going to tell you Only about a handful of people know this story So listen up Thus begins a compelling, insightful, and haunting tale of love, sacrifice, the search for excellence, and Go the world s oldest game About The AuthorBorn in Seoul, Korea in 1950, Sung Hwa Hong graduated from the famed Kyunggi High School, and after serving in the Korean army for three years, immigrated to Vancouver in 1974 He then, in 1981, graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia Winning the Canadian Go Championship twice, he participated in the World Amateur Go Championship in Japan as the Canadian representative in 1989 and 1995 Married with two children, he practiced family dentistry in Vancouver until his death in 2001 Shortly before he passed away, Dr Hong made a few small changes to the text for the second printing.

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    2 thoughts on “First Kyu: A Novel

    1. A fascinating look into the world of Korean Go. Seeing as the author decided to translate the book from his native Korean into English, it would explain the stilted writing and several typos. A decent editing job could have made this a much easier read. Having said that, the quirkiness of the translation added an interesting feel to the book. Recommended for people interested in the game of Go and/or Korean culture.

    2. I love to play go, and I really enjoy books and novels that refer to to it. But this novel is not particularly good, and it didn't add much to my understanding of go culture in Korea. Still, if you're really into the game, it's not terrible.

    3. I was a little torn on how many stars to give this one. In some ways, it's not the best novel -- the writing a little stilted, the plot a bit mechanical. Maybe the manuscript would have benefited from another pass by a good copyeditor, and the book design left me cold (no paragraph indentation? OK, I guess I got used to it).But, I really liked it, despite all that. The author clearly cared a lot for this story and how to present it. His dry style gives a unique, literal, and sometimes gritty vie [...]

    4. In a slightly bland literary style (I have read the Czech translation, but can't imagine the English version would be too different), this book tells the story of a young Korean teenager striving to become a Go professional. The book feels more like a novel for teenagers, but is a decent and quick read for any one with an interest in Go, with the parallels it draws between Go and real-life being probably the book's most redeeming quality.

    5. A very interesting story on the path to becoming a pro in the very cruel game of Go. It kept me very curious on what would happen to him. Also this novel has great lessons for anyome interested in Go. A must read for any Go player.

    6. This is a book about a Go player written by a winner of the Canadian Go Championship, so I badly wanted to like it, but the storyline and quality of the writing was much more reminiscent of Chetan Bhagat than Kawabata.

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