This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
I couldn't imagine the pain that would be felt if this actually happened, but it isn't that far fetched. Often you can hear news reports of an elderly person walking away from a retirement home, but the heartbreak doesn't play out as well as when a child is missing.
In this book you can feel the pain of the family as they realize the details of their missing mother. They describe how they'd taken her for granted, gotten angry at her, abused her, and ignored the truth about her coming age and illness. The past is described in such detail, you live their lives; each member of the family, and know the regret, the resentment, the heartbreak that Mom must have felt all her life. But as mothers do, she kept it hidden in her deepest parts of her heart.
You bought this book mainly because you thought you'd hear another exquisite reading by Janet Song. Next time - listen to the sample.... Maybe you would have been tipped off that one of the narraters sounded like a valley girl (reading a story set in Korea.) But narration aside, you mainly hated the story!! You found it so excruciatingly long-winded and boring that you had to hit "Forward" to skip over section after section because you AT LEAST wanted to find out what happened to mama....
And to any readers of this review I'd just like to say - if you found the above paragraph annoying, don't buy this book, because the entire BOOK is written like that!!! As if a person was talking to herself. This book was so bad I felt compelled to warn you not to waste your credits. The only decent section was the one narrated by Ms. Song, but the story was so awful, I even skipped over that.
I really enjoy historical fiction. I am a fitness junkie. I am enjoying my new Granddaughter. Wally Lamb and John Grisham are favorites
I could not stop listening to this book! It tells the story from the inside the soul of a mother lost to Alzheimer's Disease. I lost my beloved mother to this disease so it hit home for me. Beautifully told and written.
I don't look anything like that figurine, just love the fact that she's holding a book like that.
Moving, & Thought-Provoking,
We dont often think of the aftermath a family experiences when one of its members goes missing, a member who isnt a child in anycase.
I'll also admit to being a sucker for stories written in second person narrative form.
I appreciated greatly the fact that each chapter is read by its 'thinker'/experiencer (yes I made that word up).
Tears. I often thought of my own mother who is now deceased. I wouldve loved to pick up the phone, call, and ask her 100 questions and listen closely to the answers to things I no longer remember; things I never knew.
This book is very respectful… it whispers. It whispers and slowly you surrender. If you are used to or prefer a barge in jump up and grab you bestseller, this one might be difficult for you. It’s a heartbreaking story, if you don’t appreciate your mom now, after reading this you might appreciate her a bit more. Especially if she was the kind to dote upon you..
What I enjoyed about this novel was the interactions between the family members, especially between the father comforting his daughter, "Please look after mom." The switching of the perspective was a bit jarring and it made it hard to follow the story at times.
The guilt the children express and the sacrifice the mom went through rang true for me, being the son of immigrant parents here in the US.
There's no major resolution, which left me unsatisfied.
I liked the mini stories of the dog and the mom's depression after a brother in law's passing.
It seems that the book, with its intense overuse of the WORD "mom" , is a long and disconnected confession of unresolved issues between children and parents
The narrators do a good job reading the story and I really like that there is a different narrator for each character. The style of this story takes time to get used to and the story is not about a family searching for their lost mother/wife but is instead a narration of how each character remembers the lost woman and everything she has done for them. This story is also slightly different from the original South Korean version, I would like to know which parts were changes.
I am an anthropologist and a Koreanist with a love for science fiction and history.
this book has its highly emotional and moving moments and makes you reflect on your relationships with those closest to you, or at least it did for me. however i found myself losing interest during the last few chapters. its not one of those novels you cant put down, but still an enjoyable read/listen.
I viewed it as awarning to take care of your elders especially your Mom. They have worked hard for many years and hardly ever get a thank you. You need to look after your loved ones now before its too late.
About 10 years ago my kids gave me an Audible account for my birthday. It was the best birthday present ever!
A poor, uneducated and mostly unappreciated mother is determined to do better for her children. And, when she does, she gets left behind. This was the first Korean novel I've ever read. I enjoyed the experience.