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Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood

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ISBN13: 9780520214248
ISBN10: 0520214242
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In this classic tale, Richard Kim paints seven vivid scenes from a boyhood and early adolescence in Korea at the height of the Japanese occupation, 1932 to 1945. Taking its title from the grim fact that the occupiers forced the Koreans to renounce their own names and adopt Japanese names instead, the book follows one Korean family through the Japanese occupation to the surrender of the Japanese empire. Lost Names is at once a loving memory of family and a vivid portrayal of life in a time of anguish.

Review:

"Lost Names is not a poem of hate, but a poem of love....It is elegaic. It rises to moments of considerable dramatic power, but its finest moments, as when we see the cemeteries full of Koreans apologizing to their ancestors for having lost their names, are lyrical." Edward Seidensticker, New York Times Book Review

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"This memorable document of courage and endurance is written with clarity and vigor, pierced with moments of poignant love and the blazing resentment of the young." Saturday Review

Review:

"The author's clear, evocative narrative describes a terrifying experience — foreign occupation. Its homely detail demonstrates how pervasive nationality is, and how painful attempt to destroy it." The New Yorker

About the Author

Richard E. Kim has taught at several universities in the U.S. and, as a Fulbright Scholar, at Seoul National University in Korea.

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Shoshana, September 14, 2008 (view all comments by Shoshana)
A fictionalized memoir, by which I assume the author means what Lucy Grealy did in Autobiography of a Face--the people and events are real, but the conversations and other aspects of the text are not. Kim describes the events of World War II from the perspective of a North Korean family under Japanese occupation. This includes the gradual erosion of Korean culture, including the mandate to discard Korean names. In the contemporary U.S., we do not tend to remember the perceptions of the Japanese held by the generation that came of age during the war; Kim reminds us of those images. Kim writes well and the narrative flows easily. I'd like to read Kang Chol Hwan's Aquariums of Pyongyang to extend my knowledge of North Korea with a more contemporary account.
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Toykeeper, March 12, 2007 (view all comments by Toykeeper)
Lost Names is a tale of a young boy who narrates his life of his Korean heritage being slowly taken away by the Japanese. This book not only tells of a young boy with a couragous heart- but about Korean pride as well. This book speaks of the tragety of being brutaly mistreatmented from the Japanese through innocent stories and mild humor. The boy's humor in his story is enlightening funny.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520214248
Subtitle:
Scenes from a Korean Boyhood
Author:
Kim, Richard E.
Author:
Kim, Richard E.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Korea
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Asia - Korea
Subject:
Authors, American -- Biography.
Subject:
Kim, Richard E. - Childhood and youth
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980610
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.63 in 9 oz

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Product details 196 pages University of California Press - English 9780520214248 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Lost Names is not a poem of hate, but a poem of love....It is elegaic. It rises to moments of considerable dramatic power, but its finest moments, as when we see the cemeteries full of Koreans apologizing to their ancestors for having lost their names, are lyrical."
"Review" by , "This memorable document of courage and endurance is written with clarity and vigor, pierced with moments of poignant love and the blazing resentment of the young."
"Review" by , "The author's clear, evocative narrative describes a terrifying experience — foreign occupation. Its homely detail demonstrates how pervasive nationality is, and how painful attempt to destroy it."
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