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 enjoyed this book, both the story and the performances. I felt transplanted in Korea and the character development was wonderful, for each major character had his/her distinct personality and quirks, even how they developed over time: childhood to adulthood. You got to see "Mom" in their own view and the differences between also added to the distinctions between the characters. Hearing Mom's own voice at the end of the book was a great ending, though I was still a little confused as to what exactly happened to her.
The second person use in the book was not odd as some may believe. It adds to the book's charm and uniqueness. It definitely would not be the same book if it had used third person. The narrators did an amazing job with the second person and made it comfortable. Because of this, I am interested in more novels that use the second person.
It makes you think about your own relationship with the important people, particularly women, in your life. Overall, I am very happy that I found this book and I highly recommend it.
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.
Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.
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.
Downloaded to my ipod. Enjoyed the story and it was easy to follow the readers.
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.
Yes, the story line from my points out how easily we all take things for granted.
yes, it was great!
I read a lot--maybe in the top 40
The different memories each child had of their mother.
sincerity. It was as tho you sat with each child and listened to them tell about and grieve over their mother.
Not your average story line and a pleasant experience.
This is the most amazing reading I have done in a long time. To have most of the family's viewpoint on their mother and each other is truly a wonderful insight in family dynamics. Donna Martinsen, Petersburg, Alaska
I agree with the other reviewers that the narration took a bit to get used to. But I found it worth the wait. It is a poignant story of how a mother loves her children and how, in tragedy, they view their mother in an entirely different light. It reminded me in some ways of "Bridges of Madison County" in that her children were surprised by her "real" life only when she was gone.