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I'll Be Right There
I'll Be Right There | Kyung-Sook Shin
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How friendship, European literature, and a charismatic professor defy war, oppression, and the absurd Set in 1980s South Korea amid the tremors of political revolution, Ill Be Right There follows Jung Yoon, a highly literate, twenty-something woman, as she recounts her tragic personal history as well as those of her three intimate college friends. When Yoon receives a distressing phone call from her ex-boyfriend after eight years of separation, memories of a tumultuous youth begin to resurface, forcing her to re-live the most intense period of her life. With profound intellectual and emotional insight, she revisits the death of her beloved mother, the strong bond with her now-dying former college professor, the excitement of her first love, and the friendships forged out of a shared sense of isolation and grief. Yoons formative experiences, which highlight both the fragility and force of personal connection in an era of absolute uncertainty, become immediately palpable. Shin makes the foreign and esoteric utterly familiar: her use of European literature as an interpreter of emotion and experience bridges any gaps between East and West. Love, friendship, and solitude are the same everywhere, as this book makes poignantly clear.
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KarenUK
I'll Be Right There | Kyung-Sook Shin
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#musicalnewyear
#imhere .... or ‘I‘ll be right there‘ anyway!
From my #TBR and set in eighties South Korea, this sounds so good....
@Cinfhen @vivastory

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fleeting
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From the first few pages, I already knew this was going to be heartbreaking. This elegiac novel reads like a letter written to you by a good friend or mentor. It's a very quiet novel, suffused with loss. But it isn't the kind of loss that drags you down, but one that makes you question how people have always managed to rise above it, and continue on. And as with all questions that this book raises, it's also one you address to yourself.

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CillainWonderland
I'll Be Right There | Kyung-Sook Shin
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"Do fear and love share the same root?"

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CillainWonderland
I'll Be Right There | Kyung-Sook Shin
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💖💚💛💙💜

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Rhondareads
I'll Be Right There | Kyung-Sook Shin
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Translated from Korean Her first book in translation was heartbreakingPlease Look After Mom.Her books give a glimpse into life in South Korea her writing style drew me right in,

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