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Please Look after Mother

Please Look after Mother

Author(s): Kyung-Sook Shin

Location(s): Seoul

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern



Literally translated from the Korean, the title means “I entrust Mother to you”. In this book a mother goes missing in Seoul and her family (daughter, son and husband) is left trying to find her. The narrative, as the family members go in search in Seoul, is about reviewing her life, the lost moments, and attitudes towards her making them realise how they never fully appreciated her and how they never told her how much she meant to each of them.

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‘a captivating story, written with an understanding of the shortcomings of traditional ways and modern life. It is nostalgic but unsentimental, brutally well observed and, in this flawlessly smooth translation by Chi-Young Kim, it...

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