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Please Look after Mom

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

25 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

This is an intriguing look at a Korean family

In an overly crowded Seoul subway station, Park So-nyo becomes separated from her husband rushing to make a train. A rural farmer who is totally lost in the big city Park vanishes.

Her spouse and adult children panic as mom's steady consistency is the magnet that ke...
In an overly crowded Seoul subway station, Park So-nyo becomes separated from her husband rushing to make a train. A rural farmer who is totally lost in the big city Park vanishes.

Her spouse and adult children panic as mom's steady consistency is the magnet that kept the family together. Each of Park's family feel guilt for taking her for granted as they all assume she will always be there. Her spouse who has never had a kind word for his rural wife realizes how much she means to him and how she ignored her desires to be there for him. Her daughter who thought her mom was an illiterate barbarian who could not read a book misses her as she fondly recalls how her mother encouraged her to read and be much more. Her son who treated her with disdain as he made demands of his mom wants to make amends for his treatment of her. Meanwhile mom wanders the city while recalling her family's embarrassment and disdain of her for being a throwback from a previous century.

This is an intriguing look at a Korean family who could be any ethnic group in which taking for granted a loved one until you lose what turns out to be most cherished is a common fault. The husband and two children were embarrassed by their mom until she vanishes; now they're worried and remorseful while mom reflects back on her loneliness due to her performing her motherhood duty. Filled with pathos and a strong underlying message to cherish those you love before it is too late, readers will relish this profound tale made even more poignant by the rotating viewpoint.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on March 25, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Powerful Message

I wanted to read this book to explore the inner workings of a Korean family. My surprise was that Ms Shin's deeply emotional story transcends culture and nationality and touches sons, daughters, wives and mothers universally. I felt myself experiencing the daughter's ...
I wanted to read this book to explore the inner workings of a Korean family. My surprise was that Ms Shin's deeply emotional story transcends culture and nationality and touches sons, daughters, wives and mothers universally. I felt myself experiencing the daughter's neglect and the mother 's love and sacrifice and I was deeply moved. Kudos to Ms Shin, she is very insiteful and expresses the human spirit in a powerful story. I recommend this read to all.

posted by Johanna197 on July 9, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Why all the fuss?

    I couldn't wait to finish the book, I just wanted it to be over! It was depressing and left so many unanswering questions. Was a waste of money for me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Slow, boring. Don't waste your money.

    This book was so uninteresting and slow to get going that I gave up after 30 or so pages. If you are even contemplating buying this make sure u get the sample and read as much as it gives u then make a decision. Not worth time or money. Does not even deserve one star.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This book makes me think about everything I never knew about my mother, grandmother and great grandmother. There are so many women who shape the women we have the women we have become who we know little or nothing about. What a kind and caring, long suffering woman this woman was. I thank all of those women who created the woman I am today, however flawed or strong I appear to be. Please write more books like this that make one look outside ourselves and back to the women who shaped us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2011

    I was glad when it was over

    I'm not sure I've ever been so bored by a book in my life. What a dissapointmen. I started skimming through pages untill I finally got to the end. Parts of it became promising, then just another let-down.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 28, 2011

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