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    MaryG2E's Reviews : Please Look After Mother

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    May 9, 2018

    This book caused me some heartache. It deals with many social themes, including those relating to family, duty, honour and integrity, and I found some of the narrative elements quite confrontational.

     

     

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    Book Concierge's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    Jun 8, 2017

    I enjoy reading fiction from and about different cultures. Shin’s work gives the reader some insight into contemporary Korean life, but it was missing something for me. 

     

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    Laura's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    May 10, 2011

    An elderly woman, in poor health, disappears in Seoul and her family tries to find her. As they do so, the reader learns about her life and the sacrifices she made for her husband and children.

     

     

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    Helly's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    Aug 11, 2018

    Well, the first thing I did after reading this book is ask my parents to go and get their full body medical checkup. It is quite terrible how we tend to neglect the people who invest their life and money on us and by the time the realisation Dawns upon us, it is too late...

     

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    Jill's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    Mar 21, 2011

    Those who have traveled in Southeast Asia – and Korea in particular -- will know right away that the number 4 (pinyin sì) is considered unlucky because it sounds like “death” (pinyin sǐ). Why, then, did Korean author Kyung-sook Shin carefully craft a novel from four different viewpoints?......

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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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