The Library collects reviews of translated Korean titles in various languages and makes them available online.

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    Gaby's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    May 11, 2011

    I'd read a review of Please Look After Mom in the New York Times. I was very excited to read and review the book when offered the chance through the Amazon Vine program. Written by one of South Korea's most widely read and highly respected authors, this is her first book translated into English...

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    Homa Sharifmousavi's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    Jul 24, 2014

    The setting of the story is in Korea,the countryside where an old couple live and Seoul where their children live.Story starts with their mom missing because she accidentally parted from her husband on the trip they took to Seoul to celebrate their birthdays with their children.As the story...

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    Kirsty's Reviews : Please Look After Mother

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    Apr 22, 2018

    I chose to read Kyung-Sook Shin's novel, Please Look After Mother, for the South Korea stop on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge. Please Look After Mother has sold almost 1.5 million copies in South Korea alone since its publication in 2009; the author is one of the country's most...

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    Jackie's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    Feb 3, 2011

    Kyung-sook Shin is a best selling Korean author who is finally in translation here in the States. And, oh my, how glad I am. Her writing is mesmerizing, deep and beautiful. She pushes the reader into the story by literally using referring to "you" as the narrating 
    character. "You" are...

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    Walt's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    Jun 11, 2011

    This novel about a Korean family cut and passed through me, stabbing me, penetrating my soul.

    Yeah, that's the adjective I want to use, piercing. That word describes my thoughts about PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOM by Kyung-sook Shin.

    The novel's story, which recounts interactions and...

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    MaryG2E's Reviews : Please Look After Mother

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    May 9, 2018

    This book caused me some heartache. It deals with many social themes, including those relating to family, duty, honour and integrity, and I found some of the narrative elements quite confrontational.

     

     

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    Book Concierge's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    Jun 8, 2017

    I enjoy reading fiction from and about different cultures. Shin’s work gives the reader some insight into contemporary Korean life, but it was missing something for me. 

     

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    Laura's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    May 10, 2011

    An elderly woman, in poor health, disappears in Seoul and her family tries to find her. As they do so, the reader learns about her life and the sacrifices she made for her husband and children.

     

     

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    Helly's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    Aug 11, 2018

    Well, the first thing I did after reading this book is ask my parents to go and get their full body medical checkup. It is quite terrible how we tend to neglect the people who invest their life and money on us and by the time the realisation Dawns upon us, it is too late...

     

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    Jill's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

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    Mar 21, 2011

    Those who have traveled in Southeast Asia – and Korea in particular -- will know right away that the number 4 (pinyin sì) is considered unlucky because it sounds like “death” (pinyin sǐ). Why, then, did Korean author Kyung-sook Shin carefully craft a novel from four different viewpoints?......

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