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This Burns My Heart

3.05.2014

Here is another book review. I'd been reading so much! :D and I love it. It is also to clear the 'book debt' since I'd bought so many books from Big Bad Wolf book fair, so that I can go to the next one! I skipped the one earlier this year because, I still have a lot of books to read (mixed feelings, sigh and yay)


This Burns My Heart - Samuel Park


"Chamara is difficult to translate from Korean to English: To stand it, to bear it, to grit your teeth and not cry out? To hold on, to wait until the worst is over? Such is the burden Samuel Park’s audacious, beautiful, and strong heroine, Soo-Ja Choi, faces in This Burns My Heart, an epic love story set in the intriguing landscape of postwar South Korea. On the eve of marriage to her weak, timid fiancĂ©, Soo-Ja falls in love with a young medical student. But out of duty to her family and her culture she turns him away, choosing instead a world that leaves her trapped by suffocating customs.
In a country torn between past and present, Soo-Ja struggles to find happiness in a loveless marriage and to carve out a successful future for her only daughter. Forced by tradition to move in with her in-laws, she must navigate the dangers of a cruel household and pay the price of choosing the wrong husband. Meanwhile, the man she truly loves remains a lurking shadow in her life, reminding her constantly of the love she could have had.
Will Soo-Ja find a way to reunite with her one true love or be forced to live out her days wondering “what if ” and begin to fully understand the meaning of chamara?
He is not just telling her to stand the pain, but giving her comfort, the power to do so. Chamara is an incantation, and if she listens to its sound, she believes that she can do it, that she will push through this sadness. And if she is strong about it, she’ll be rewarded in the end. It is a way of saying, I know, I feel it, too. This burns my heart, too."

Taken from Amazon here


For me, this was a very good read. 
To be honest, I first bought this because of the cover (hehe). The girl on the cover page looks ordinary yet beautiful. I was in search for a romance novel so I thought "why not!" after reading review. It was a touching story, and a story that we can all relate to. Too lovely, the way how Samuel Park put it in words. The Korean (or Asian) culture was something I could understand, not only how the love story moved me, the story of family traditions and love, the story of how Soo-Ja tried to chase her dreams with whatever it takes, and her love to her daughter had also moved me.

This is unlike the typical fantasized lovey cheesy dovey kinda love story but a more realistic.
To simplify, it is more like Hong Kong drama, unlike Taiwan drama. (HK drama is more realistic where people need to work and earn for a living, but in Taiwan dramas, what people do mostly is just paktoh)


My favourite line in the book. 
"You would have different lives, depending on how brave you were, and how ready"


After i finish off the book, I literally went, ahhhhh *sigh*, such a good story and a good way to end :)

The interesting part of the book was, there is a part for discussions. LOL. like how we used to have during high school time with our English literature class. But it makes you think while you read on the questions and try to answer them. 

I give it an overall rate of 8/10

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