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Elizabeth Kim - Tízezer ​könnycsepp
"Ami ​történt, az nem volt más, mint a hagyomány által szentesített rituális emberölés. Hiszen a nők élete amúgy sem számított sokat és régóta bevett szokás, hogy a család szégyenét az asszony vérével mosták le." Elizabeth Kim sorsa is a borzalmak éjszakájával kezdődik, ahol a becsületbeli ügy nevében rokonai a szeme láttára anyját felakasztják egy kis koreai faluban. Meggyilkolják, mert megbocsáthatatlan bűnt követett el, lefeküdt egy amerikai katonával és megszülte lányát, a törvénytelen gyermeket. A felfogás szerint még halottnak lenni is jobb, mint ami ő volt "honhyol" vagyis olyan nőnemű lény akinek sem neve, sem születési dátuma nincsen. Az árvaházba kerülése, a borzalmak sokasága, az örökbefogadás tortúrái egy gyermektelen amerikai családnál mind-mind szenvedéseit és fájdalmát fokozták. Az életet jelentő kiút csak egy újabb megpróbáltatás, amely azonban meghozza számára a végső biztonságot. "Megrázó, szívszorító elbeszélés egy nő bátorságáról, az anyai szeretetre való vágyódásról, az előítéletek és tragédiák fölötti nehezen megszerzett győzelemről." (Arthur Golden - Egy Gésa emlékiratai c. könyv írója) Tízezer könnycsepp a szenvedésről, tízezer könnycsepp az emberi akaratról, a megbocsátás erejéről, mely túlél, legyőz mindent, és kivívja csodálatunkat.

Elizabeth Kim - Ten ​Thousand Sorrows
"I ​don't know how old I was when I watched my mother's murder, nor do I know how old I am today." So begins the incredible true story of Elizabeth Kim, born to a poor Korean woman in the 1950s after her affair with an American GI who promptly dumped her. Elizabeth's mother was condemned to a pariah existence on the edge of the village, virtually ignored and left to bring up her illegitimate daughter single-handedly. Elizabeth herself was spat at as a 'honhyol'--mixed-race, a non-person, an animal (anyone who thinks that racism is purely a Western disease should read this book). One day, two male relatives came to the hut, killed her mother, and subjected her hated child to a form of torture unimaginable in its barbarism. Elizabeth was sent to a Seoul orphanage where she was kept in a virtual cage, then--worst of all, psychologically--she was adopted by an American Christian fundamentalist couple and taken away to the mid-West dustbowl to be hammered into an all-American Girl. Although this may sound like no more than a catalogue of horrors, it is much more: a story of resilience, survival, and hope, and most importantly of all, of the rediscovery of love and trust when those values seemed quite extinguished. Elizabeth also found her true mother's religion of Buddhism and you can learn more about that creed from this book than from any number of glib Western DIY guides. This is Buddhism felt on the pulse and in the marrow. --Christopher Hart Review There is a Buddhist saying that each life is filled with 10,000 sorrows and 10,000 joys. In Kims first book, a grueling memoir of her childhood, one is blinded by the sorrows and left yearning for at least a hint of joy.During the Korean War, Kim's mother committed the ultimate sin of bearing a honhyol (a mixed-race child), who in the eyes of Korean society is worthless. To pay for her crime, Kims mother was killed by her own father and brother as little Elizabeth watched from a bamboo basket where she had been hidden. Kim's own life was spared, but she was abandoned at an abysmal Christian orphanage where she had to wait, alone and terrified, to be adopted. Kim was eventually taken in by a childless fundamentalist Christian couple in the US who abused her both mentally and physically. To make matters worse, Kim (with her half-Korean, half-Western features) was rejected by the midwestern community that she was forced to become a part of. Her parents eventually orchestrated her marriage to a man so abusive and controlling that it is a wonder she ever escapedbut Kim finally took control of her life and set off with her newborn daughter to make a fresh start. This did not come easy. She suffered through physical and emotional pain, poverty, depression, and failed relationships. After a while this litany of despair may begin to weigh heavily on the reader. Kim has an undeniably awe-inspiring story of survival to tell, but she tells it in such a reductionist manner that the reader is overwhelmed by events without having time to reflect on their deeper meaning. Kim liberally laces her text with her own poetry, as well as that of writers she admires, but even this does not allow her work to soar with the lyricism she is striving for.A fascinating, tragic tale, hampered by lackluster prose. (Kirkus Reviews)

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