Friday, October 3, 2008
Lost Names by Richard E. Kim
Describes the life of a Korean boy (the author) south of Pyongyang during the harshest era of the Japanese occupation, 1930-1945. The boy is from a small farming family with an apple orchard; his father is a political activist. History is plaintively inserted in a present-tense narrative that describes vivid scenes of school days, family life, infringement of Japanese mores into Korean traditional rural life, and how the language seeped into Korean culture. A precursor to WHEN MY NAME WAS KEOKO, by Linda Sue Park. Originally published 1988, New York: Universe Books.