Saturday, April 9, 2011

Please Look After Mom

News that "the story of a mother who goes missing in a busy subway station in Seoul while traveling with her husband from their home town to the city to celebrate their birthdays with their grown-up children" "is making an impact internationally" — Korean novel gets world’s attention.

"Shin’s prose is intimate and hauntingly spare in this translation by Chi-Young Kim, moves from first to second and third person, and powerfully conveys grief’s bewildering immediacy," said a New York Times review, but Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, denounced it as "manipulative sob sister melodrama" and "kimchee-scented Kleenex fiction" having "anti-city, anti-modernist, anti-feminist messages." That's enough of an endorsement for me.

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