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Ten Thousand Sorrows : The Extraordinary

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  • sunny_jo888
    Ten Thousand Sorrows : The Extraordinary Journey of a Korean War Orphan by Elizabeth Kim Publishers Weekly, January 24, 2000 The Next Angela s
    Message 1 of 240 , May 11, 2000
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      Ten Thousand Sorrows : The Extraordinary Journey
      of a Korean War Orphan <br>by Elizabeth Kim <br>
      <br>Publishers Weekly, January 24, 2000 <br>The Next Angela's
      Ashes? Elizabeth Kim's Ten Thousand Sorrows (Doubleday,
      <br>May) is the memoir of a Korean War orphan who watched
      her mother die at the <br>hands of her mother's
      father and brother, victim of an "honor killing" for
      <br>disgracing the family by bearing a half-American bastard.
      And that's just the <br>first chapter in this tale of
      a woman who subsequently survives an
      <br>unpropitious upbringing by rigidly controlling adoptive
      American parents and <br>an abusive marriage. When agent
      Patti Breitman brought the proposal to <br>Doubleday,
      the publisher made a preemptory offer in the "mid-six
      figures," <br>according to book editor Amy Scheibe, for
      North American rights. Rights have <br>since been sold
      in nine other countries; women booksellers will be
      targeted <br>with a galley mailing, and the author, a
      journalist, will appear on the lunch <br>and dinner circuit
      with magazine editors and regional booksellers in San
      <br>Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston. --This text refers
      to the audio <br>cassette edition of this title <br>
      <br>From Booklist <br>Kim remembers her Korean mother
      vividly. She remembers being held in her <br>strong arms
      and working beside her in the rice paddy. Her mother
      told her <br>that life is made up of 10,000 joys and
      10,000 sorrows, but for most of her <br>life, Kim knew
      only pain. Born out of wedlock after her American GI
      father <br>left Korea, Kim was considered less than
      human, and her mother was <br>unredeemably disgraced.
      Finally, her mother was killed by [her mother's]
      <br>father and brother after she refused to allow them to
      sell Kim into virtual <br>slavery. Kim's life was
      spared, but after watching her mother's murder, and
      <br>believing herself responsible, she longed fervently for
      death. Her <br>self-loathing was confirmed, first by the
      Christian missionaries who ran the <br>filthy orphanage in
      which she was incarcerated and then by the unloving
      <br>California fundamentalists who adopted her. In a terrible
      twist of fate, they <br>subjected Kim to the very life
      her mother tried to save her from, forcing her <br>to
      work as their servant, and then, when she was 17,
      arranging her marriage <br>to a man who beat her. Sustained
      by the memory of her mother, and eventually <br>her
      love for her own daughter, Kim survived, found her
      calling as a crime <br>reporter, and now tells her story
      with searing eloquence. Kim's chronicle <br>will stand
      as blazing testimony in the battle against sexism,
      violence <br>against women, and religious tyranny, but it will also be
      treasured as an <br>affirmation of the power of love and
      compassion. Donna Seaman
    • sunny_jo888
      For Orphans of the Forgotten War, the Past Is Shrouded in Questions By BETTIJANE LEVINE, LA Times Staff Writer
      Message 240 of 240 , Jun 24, 2000
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        For Orphans of the Forgotten War, the Past Is Shrouded in Questions<br><br>By BETTIJANE LEVINE, LA Times Staff Writer<br><br><a href=http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/reports/koreanwar/lat_orphans000621.htm target=new>http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/reports/koreanwar/lat_orphans000621.htm</a>
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