Last month, I was looking for new books that I can read because two of my subjects last 1st semester ended earlier that expected. So I had some free time in school. My sister collects fiction books but still, I can’t find the book that I want to read in her collection. I visited National Bookstore’s Online website and Fullybooked Online. I tried to browse their bestsellers page and saw a book entitled, “Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin.” I was very surprised to see a Korean name of an author of an English book. I searched it on Google and read that it was a translated version of a bestselling book in Korea with a title “엄마를 부탁해”/Eomma reul Butakhae. The synopsis goes like:
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. Yet as long-held secrets and private sorrows begin to reveal themselves, they are forced to wonder: how well did they actually know the woman they called Mom?
Told through the piercing voices and urgent perspectives of a daughter, son, husband, and mother, Please Look After Mom is at once an authentic picture of contemporary life in Korea and a universal story of family love.
(c) Fullybooked Online
After my Educ class, I went to SM North EDSA to look for a copy of the book. There’s one copy left in Fullybooked The Block but it was the smaller version of the book. I went to National Bookstore to ask the Customer Service representative if they have copies on stock, she directed me to visit Bestsellers in SM North Annex. I checked it and there were a lot of copies available. I bought one copy of the book after my history exam. I got a 10 peso discount since I used my Laking National Card points.
I haven’t finished the novel up to now since I got busy with my acads but I will try to finish reading it this sembreak. I also want to read the Korean version of the book. I searched it on Kyobo books and it costs 9,000won per copy. Maybe I will try to ask one of my friends who will visit Korea to buy me a copy ㅋㅋㅋㅋ. Anyways, judging from the first few parts of the novel, I think it was good but I also think that this book is better read and understood in Korean.
If you want to buy this book, you can visit Bestseller 2F SM North EDSA Annex or Fullybooked SM North EDSA The Block. You can also order the paperback copy of the book at National Bookstore’s online website while Fullybooked offers both hardbound(999php) and the paperback copies.