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Tendrils of Life by Owen Choi
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This book is a tribute to human resilience. It's protagonist is Bark Jimin who spent his childhood on a small island off the southern coast of Korea. His father left the island and Jimin's family was never the same. Jimin,his young sister, Misern, and his mother found it necessary to leave the island and moved to the bustling city of Seoul.

In 1950, the Korean Communist forces launched an attack on Seoul and all territory to the south. If Jimin and his family had only to have had dealt with the war, they might have had an easier time. Before the war, they had serious and dangerous opposition from the Barns clan which lasted longer the war itself. Barns Sinman had a vendetta on the Bark clan. He wanted to destroy the Bark clan and he use deceit and violence in an effort to fulfill goal.

Their story is a series of tragedies offset at times by kind strangers and friends. Jimin's love for Sora while in Seoul was from afar, but became a true love when they found themselves by accident. He lost Misern and he was profoundly guilty which drives him to repeatedly to seek her out.

Korean culture, customs, and its armies along with the Chinese and U.N Forces, smothered the entire country by fostering fear, reprisal and even massacres. The story moves locations as the refugees move. A great book that reminds us that war impacts civilians more than is ever reported in the news media.

This is a must read book.

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Reading Progress

January 4, 2014 – Shelved
January 6, 2014 – Started Reading
January 8, 2014 –
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January 11, 2014 – Finished Reading

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