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message 1: by Marilou (new)

Marilou Such a brilliant opinion of the book!


message 2: by Jordan (new)

Jordan Ferguson You flatter me. Thank you for the kind words.


message 3: by Josephine (new)

Josephine (aurora lector) Insightful and interesting review. Thank you for sharing. :)


message 4: by Jordan (new)

Jordan Ferguson Josephine wrote: "Insightful and interesting review. Thank you for sharing. :)"

Thanks for reading it! :D


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa What rating do you give it, Jordan?


message 6: by Jordan (new)

Jordan Ferguson Lisa wrote: "What rating do you give it, Jordan?"

Oh, I never rated it? My bad. Goodreads says two stars means, 'It was okay.' So it's a two star book for me. I didn't dislike it outright, but it I didn't think it was terribly special.


message 7: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Jordan wrote: "Lisa wrote: "What rating do you give it, Jordan?"

Oh, I never rated it? My bad. Goodreads says two stars means, 'It was okay.' So it's a two star book for me. I didn't dislike it outright, but it ..."
Hi Jordan, thanks for getting back to me on this...I was curious because I could see you had reservations, and reviews about this polarising book interest me...


message 8: by Caroline (new)

Caroline It all makes sense when you realise that the "second person" voice is actually the "first person" voice of the spirit of the mother. Yes, she has died and this is her telling of her family's search for her.


message 9: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Totally agree with your well written review.


message 10: by Emily (new)

Emily The narrative uses a simple prose because it is the mother's voice and thoughts. She was a simple woman with very little education.


message 11: by Green Tea (new)

Green Tea I agree with Emily... One of the strongest points of the book also lied in the moment where you realise that the second-person voice is actually their mother.

Another thing to consider would be that the book is originally written in Korean and the system of the language is significantly different from English (I'm still learning Korean but) I believe that is also a vital point to consider in relation to the narrative of the book.


message 12: by Rob (new)

Rob Wolf I haven't even finished the book but I love your review.


message 13: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Hi, Jordan. What do you make of the woman in the blue plastic sandals? What about the stranger/thief who is much more than a thief and not at all a stranger? What is "Mom"? What is a "stranger"? These are the central questions around which this story rotates, I think. This is the opposite of a sentimental tale. This novel replies to The Stranger. Maman may have died today, or yesterday, but she is also alive and requesting prayer beads from the smallest country in the world. I've only read it three times, but I'm pretty sure it's also in conversation with Jesus's words to John, "This is your mother."


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