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This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park
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Jul 22, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

Korean literature is on the rise! The book I really meant to read was "Please Look After Mom" but I picked this one up instead and really enjoyed it. The emotional dilemma at the heart of the novel (what if you really loved one guy but married another?) is familiar but the setting (South Korea) is not. This story, set in the post World War II, makes an interesting contrast to Lisa See's "Dreams of Joy," set in China at the same time. Apparently while the Chinese were starving to death during the Great Leap Forward, the Koreans were fiercely embracing capitalism and having to learn to deal with the loss of their traditional ways. Although the author is a man, this is a woman's story and again, it makes an interesting contrast to the story told by Lisa See.
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