Hazel McHaffie's Reviews > Ten Thousand Sorrows : The Extraordinary Journey of a Korean War Orphan

Ten Thousand Sorrows  by Elizabeth Kim
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Jul 31, 10

really liked it
Read in July, 2010

'I don't know how old I was when I watched my mother's murder, nor do I know how old I am today,' Elizabeth Kim writes. The illegitimate daughter of a Korean peasant girl and an American GI she was regarded as a non-person. Her story - of her beginnings, of her time in an orphanage, of her adoption by a fanatically religious American couple, of her struggle to survive ('I live on the lip of insanity') - make harrowing reading. But the book is compelling nonetheless, and is ultimately a story of triumph against all odds. I wanted to surround her with ten thousand joys.
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Livvy Might try this and get the hanky ready.


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