The Library collects reviews of translated Korean titles in various languages and makes them available online.

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    Clare Cannon's Reviews : Please Look After Mother

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    Jul 14, 2011

    A beautiful story about the small but heroic sacrifices made by a Korean mother for her family, and the lack of recognition her family gave her until the day she goes missing on the city subway...

     

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    Karen Ng's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    Mar 28, 2011

    Wow....wait, I need to capitalize this: WOW...This story took me through an emotional roller coaster that reminded me of all my personal shortcomings in the relationship department with my own family and my Mom. The last time I was this wrecked was when my father passed away of cancer 2 years...

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    Ruthie Jones's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    Apr 08, 2011

    Powerful and unforgettable! I actually believe this book has changed me or at least opened my eyes to my own level of participation (and shortcomings) in my relationships...

     

     

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    Kathie's Reviews : City of Ash and Red

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    Nov 23, 2018

    Rounded up from 3.5. City of Ash & Red is the first translated book I’ve read this year and had me all over the spectrum emotionally, mostly in the anxious and disturbed realm. There are certainly nods to Kafka, but the tale itself is a unique blend of dystopian surrealism that is both...

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    Pile By the Bed's Reviews : City of Ash and Red

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    Nov 16, 2018

    There are so many interesting novels coming out of Korea at the moment – challenging established tropes across a range of genres. Just this year there has been the psychothriller The Good Son, the anti-hero crime drama The Plotters and Toward Dusk, another masterpiece of introspection and...

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    Cheyanne Lepka's Reviews : City of Ash and Red

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    Oct 28, 2018

    This is the type of book that left me sitting there going, what the hell did I just read? And don't get me wrong, that's my favourite kind of book. Even days after finishing, I’m thinking about the book and seriously considering rereading it. It’s an interesting combination of dystopian and...

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    Liz Murray's Reviews : Mina

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    Nov 27, 2018

    I met Kim Sagwa at the Litquake festival in San Francisco and I loved her expression and dark sense of humor. This definitely comes across in Mina. It is so dark, and not laugh out loud funny, but there is something about the way the story unfolds. You do not want to read spoilers as the ending...

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    Paul Fulcher's Reviews : Mina

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    Aug 11, 2018

    A’s mouth is moving. I’ve been working with her on a project for three months. The day I met her she introduced herself as a branding consultant, and damned if her business card didn’t say exactly that. And then she launched into a spiel about all her whoopity-do degrees, parading her education...

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    David Yoon's Reviews : Pachinko

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    Mar 20, 2017

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn’t existed since the Korean War. Up until...

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    Liz's Reviews : Pachinko

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    Aug 11, 2018

    I had this in my TBR queue for ages. It took making it a book club selection to bring it to the front of the line. It’s described as an epic tale of generations of Koreans in Japan and epic truly describes it. I felt like I was reading one of James Michener’s sagas...

     

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