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Please Look After Mom

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June 25, 2012 | 08:38pm
Mood: thoughtful

I highly recommend that everyone read the book Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. It's a Korean book (available in translation) that I read for Book Club. While there are some peculiarities in translation (or, more specifically, transliteration), it is a book that might just change your life. Or something.

Anyways, I just finished it and I'm pleased. It could've done without the epilogue, though. The last page of the last part was absolutely heartbreaking, and reminiscent of my favorite ending to a book of all time: Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Please Look After Mom: "Mom doesn't smile. She doesn't cry. Did Mom know? That I, too, needed her my entire life?"

Cancer Ward: "An evil man threw tobacco in the Macaque Rhesus' eyes. Just like that."

Okay, maybe I was overstating things a little. They don't really have anything in common. Except tone, maybe? I don't know. Anyways. Read it. Go!

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Heidi the Mighty

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from: hidthemyd
date: June 25, 2012 01:04pm (UTC)

what is it about? :)

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from: aodh
date: June 25, 2012 10:03pm (UTC)

Basically... it's the story of a family's search for their mom after she gets lost in a subway station, and the results of her disappearance. There are some very interesting ideas in the book. (If you're curious about how an adult could get lost, think "elderly diseases". :)

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