8574333I’m sure this is a great book.  I’m sure it’s a very powerful, moving story.  How can it not be, when it’s the story of a family looking for their mother who got lost coming to visit them in the big city from the country?

The only problem is, I can’t say for sure because I never finished the book.

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin is probably the hardest book I’d had to read in a long time in terms of narration and writing style.

To be blunt, I couldn’t stand it.

Everything is second person narration.  “You feel this, You see that, You think this is not cool, You went here, You were going there”.  I think I got-if I’m lucky-a thrid of the way through the story before I couldn’t take it anymore.

So I’m afraid that’s all I really have to say on this one.  Like I said, I’m sure it’s an awesome book, how can it not be with a premise like that?  But I just couldn’t finish it.  Maybe one of you will have better luck than me.

Next up, Habibi by Craig Thompson

10138607Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.
At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.