Tag Archive: book reviews

Home Was Anywhere With Diesel Gas: Kim Han-min’s Kafe Limbo

Hey readers, Sora painted an uncannily accurate picture of me, so I won’t add anything by way of introduction except that I don’t crash bicycles. I merely fly over the handlebar. ————————— I came across a graphic novel called 혜성을… (READ MORE)

“Kimchee-scented Kleenex fiction” means I love you

After reading NPR book critic Maureen Corrigan’s review of Kyung-sook Shin’s Please Look After Mom, I joined the slew of readers who called it “offensive”, “classless”, “ignorant” and “racist.” (Jenny’s more articulate critique was posted earlier as the inaugural post of this blog.) My… (READ MORE)

Mama mia, NPR!

It’s pretty clear that Maureen Corrigan is not a big fan of family narratives, or “sob sister melodramas,” as she calls Shin Kyung-sook’s Please Look After Mom (엄마를 부탁해, trans. by Kim Chi-young), but her review on NPR’s Fresh Air,… (READ MORE)