4 out of 4 stars
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We all have heroes: our parents, teachers, a friend, or even a notable member of society. For Christine, it is her late mother, and she dedicates this book to her. Growing up was not easy for the author. Being brought up in a Korean village was rough. Things ranged from gender prejudice to conflicting religious beliefs.
Adding salt to the injury, Christine had an absent father. And even when he was around, he was abusive to her mother. She had to stand up to her father because of his cruelty. One principle Lee’s mother instilled in her was devotion to God, as the committed Christian she was. Then the time came when Christine and her family moved from Korea to the United States, only for her father to walk out on them! Life was now impossible!
Christine authors a provocative read named My hero. In each chapter, there was always a challenging idea. One was about our eyes; they can see everything but not themselves. I had never thought about it that way until I devoured this book.
I loved the stories the author incorporated amid all the life lessons and dogmas. It was hard to imagine the tough life women encountered back then. While Korea was still a colony of Japan, Christine’s mother had to face the unimaginable to survive. Japanese soldiers came collecting ladies to be used as “comfort women.” Christine’s mother had to be temporarily crippled to dodge the horrendous ordeal.
I did not like the first pages of the book. The title was crystal clear that the book was about the author’s mother and the teachings she instilled in her. However, the beginning discussed some biblical excerpts like Elijah and his doings. Luckily, as I turned the pages, things began changing course as anticipated.
I enjoyed the mental and personal transitions of the author. Christine’s childhood village worshiped snakes as their gods. However, she and her mother gradually revolutionized their ways by shunning such unfathomable beliefs. It was thrilling to read about someone else’s culture and discover how diverse the world is. I chuckled at some of the tough love Christine received from her mum. One incident was a thorough beating for stealing her mother’s money.
Given the insignificant number of errors I encountered, the book is professionally edited. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend My hero by Christine lee to audiences who’d care for a read about a diverse culture and a mother’s tough love and devotion to her kids.
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