What do we learn about the relationship between Chi-hon and her mother? Subscribe to receive some of our best reviews, "beyond the book" articles, book club info, and giveaways by email. Full access is for members only. Join today for full access. Information at BookBrowse.com is published with the permission of the copyright holder or their agent. Even after Mom's disappearance, he more focuses on his own grief and sense of loss than on contemplating why she might have left. The novel also considers themes related to the self-sacrifice of mothers in general (and in Korea in particular), the relationship between memories of the past and realities of the present, and the chameleonic aspects of identity. Originally published in South Korea in 2008 and having sold over a million and a half copies, it is the first of her books to be translated into English and has been published in nineteen countries worldwide. Genres & Themes | [12], The style of Please Look After Mom is a bit unusual, as Julie Hunt noted in booklist, "Composed almost entirely in second-person narration, the writing is sharp, biting, and intensely moving. 18. At the end of the father’s section, he says to his older daughter, “Please...please look after your mom” (p. 164). (475 words). You want to go look for her in places where you think she might be, but you know how she is: she can't go anywhere by herself in this city. What are the particular sources of tension or resentment between them? Apr 2011, 256 pages "[13], The book was also chosen by Oprah to be one of her "18 Books to Watch for in April 2011[14] and by Amazon as one of its "Best Books of the Month: April 2011". There is a greater sense that he would have taken better care of her only to ensure that she continued to take care of him. As they argue over the "Missing" flyers they are posting throughout the city - how large of a reward to offer, the best way to phrase the text - they realize that none of them have a recent photograph of Mom. Enter to win Marilynne Robinson's latest novel in her classic series. © BookBrowse LLC 1997-2020. Book Summary. Full Review Beyond the book | The novel explores the loss, self-recrimination, and in some cases, self-discovery caused by the mother's disappearance. Create a clean and professional home studio setup; Sept. 10, 2020. $39 for a year. [11], When sixty-nine-year-old So-Nyo is separated from her husband among the crowds of the Seoul subway station, her family begins a desperate search to find her. This is the setting for Please Look After Mom, a four-part, multi-perspective novel. The novel has been adapted as a stage play and musical. This "beyond the book" feature is available to non-members for a limited time. Readalikes | In ISBN-13: 978-0307593917 Summary A million-plus-copy best seller in Korea—a magnificent English-language debut poised to become an international sensation—this is the stunning, deeply moving story of a family’s search for their mother, who goes missing one afternoon amid the crowds of the Seoul Station subway. This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion on Please Look After Mom by Shin Kyung-sook. While the book's themes are universal, its details are specific to rural Asia. become a member today. The author of Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant historical novel. It sold a million copies within 10 months of release in 2009 in South Korea, is critically acclaimed internationally and the English translation by Chi-young Kim won the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize. In Mom’s own narrative (chapter 4, “Another Woman”), what is the connection between herself and the bird her daughter sees “sitting on the quince tree” (p. 175; see also p. 170).