We say one must dream big. Sometimes the dreams we have can feel surreal to a point we cannot decide what is real anymore. Some people’s silent trauma in life is so deep, the dreams are all they dwell on to escape reality.

Han Kang’s horror novel is about an ordinary Korean housewife who suddenly turns vegetarian because of a dream. This event changes not just her’s but the lives of everyone around her.

It is always good to dream big but we should know when to wake up from the dreams and face the realities, no matter how comforting is the escape plan the dream has to offer.