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Please Look After Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin
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A beautiful story about the small but heroic sacrifices made by a Korean mother for her family, and the lack of recognition her family gave her until the day she goes missing on the city subway.

The second person narratives - while a little disconcerting at times - allow each of her children, her husband, and finally the mother herself to share their own experience of her disappearance, and the memories it recalls about their lives before.

The mood is sombre, reflective, and would be heavy if not for the bitter-sweet discoveries each one makes of their deeper love for their mother, and their renewed desires to be better people to live up to her generosity and self-giving. Sadder moments are lifted up by others that are more profound, making the overall story a worthwhile read.
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Reading Progress

July 14, 2011 – Shelved
September 26, 2011 – Started Reading
September 26, 2011 –
page 131
50.19% "Very moving so far"
September 27, 2011 –
page 210
September 28, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Clare Cannon Yes I think I have a UK edition. I like books that give you a new perspective - it's definitely worth reading :)

Susan Your review was well done. Thank you.

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