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Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
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Aug 08, 2012

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Read from August 08 to 09, 2012

The heartbreak in this story isn't that the Mom goes missing (although that is upsetting). The true tragedy of Please Look After Mom is that she is such an invisible presence in the lives of those who should be closest to her. Her children have all but relegated her to the sidelines of their lives, and her husband - self-centered as he is - notices her absence more than he ever did her presence. The plotline here doesn't really involve the search for her physical body as much as it does her spiritual/emotional being.

Overall, the use of different points of view and perspectives worked well (with only a minimum of confusion - especially in the fourth section). The only thing that irritated me sometimes was the proliferation of shorter simple staccato sentences, but that may be a result of the translation. Read it for the look into Korean/Asian culture, and the universal theme of misunderstanding a loved one.

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