Please Look After Mom

Please Look After Mom

Large Print - 2011
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The story of a family's search for their mother, who goes missing one afternoon amid the crowds of the Seoul Station subway. As her children argue over how to find her and her husband returns to their countryside home to wait for her, they each recall their lives with her, their memories often more surprising than comforting.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2011.
Edition: Center Point large print ed.
ISBN: 9781611730869
1611730864
Branch Call Number: [LP] FIC/SIN
Characteristics: 309 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kim, Chi-Young

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sgcf
Mar 26, 2017

I read this book because of my son’s up-coming wedding to a lovely South Korean which will take place in her home city, and I wanted a taste of local colour and culture before going there. The book is satisfyingly full of that, brimming with references to various foods, the environment, customs and rituals. Divided into four parts with each narrated in a different character’s voice (including the irksome 2nd person point of view), I found the plot was not compelling for me. Perhaps it was because I couldn’t get beyond the very stilted writing style and soap opera sentimentality of the first three parts. But then – redemption – in part four, which shifts into something evocatively beautiful. She poses the question: What happens to all the things we did in the past? and the book’s theme clarifies. Unfortunately the epilogue reverts to syrupy emotionalism. It may have sold over a million copies in its native South Korea, but it felt like it had lost something in the translation.

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miaone
Aug 13, 2016

Embarrassingly badly written. Predictable. Shallow. How did anything this pathetic ever get published?

CatherineG_1 Dec 19, 2015

Also read at Unionville's Book Club. A great story to read on your own or with a group. Fabulous story lines for discussion.

eringate Jun 14, 2015

This was a pretty easy read and I've been trying to read more and more that are outside my 'usual' reads. After a while, however, the point of the story which is "don't take your mom for granted" felt like it was shoved down the reader's throats.

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Sion2255
May 05, 2015

Certainly, you can think about your own mom more often after read this book. Very unique way of writing the story.

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CL_BookClub
Jan 16, 2015

For most in our book club, this title was a bit more challenging, as the narrative changes from different characters and shifts in tense. I think the shift in tense made it difficult to follow the story. After discussing the book, the pieces started to come together as each member of the group noticed some things that others did not. Not as easy of a read for some, but great for a group effort and discussion.

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Zackster
Sep 18, 2013

If you only read one more book in your life, make it this one. This book was written for everyone that ever had a Mom, male or female, it is truly beautiful, I could not put it down, I would read it again and again, absolutely loved it.

quagga Aug 22, 2013

Four voices narrate this haunting story: eldest daughter Chi-hon, eldest son Hyong-chol, the husband, and lastly, we hear from the missing woman. Small details of domestic life make the setting richly present. It's a story of family relationships, replete with regrets over things said and not said - a reminder that we often take our parents and spouses for granted. In addition to these universal themes of guilt and responsibility and love, I like Gary Shteyngart's astute observation (quoted on the jacket) that this book addresses "how the movement of people from small towns and villages to big cities can cause heartbreak and even tragedy."

AlysAvery Aug 03, 2013

While those unfamiliar with Korean culture can expect to learn quite a bit along the way, this story transcends cultural boundaries. This family could be any family faced with an incredibly difficult situation.

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pattyloucor67
Jul 02, 2013

Excellent story of a woman who vanishes in the Seoul Subway Station. This internationally awarded book unravels the story behind the woman as seen through the eyes of the people she loves. The deeper you go into the story, the more you realize what a remarkable woman this was. The people in her life also begin to realize what sacrifices she made for their happiness. I hope more of the author's works are translated into English.

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