Ten Thousand Sorrows

Ten Thousand Sorrows

by ElizabethKim (Author)


I don't know how old I was when I watched my mother's murder, nor do I know how old I am today.' The illegitimate daughter of a peasant and an American GI, Elizabeth Kim spent her early years as a social outcast in her village in the Korean countryside. Ostracized by their family and neighbours, she and her mother were regularly pelted with stones on their way home from the rice fields. Yet there was a tranquil happiness in the intense bond between mother and daughter. Until the day that Elizabeth's grandfather and uncle came to punish her mother from the dishonour she had brought on the family, and executed her in front of her daughter. Elizabeth was dumped in an orphanage in Seoul. After some time, she was lucky enough to be adopted by an American couple. But when she arrived in America she found herself once again surrounded by fanaticism and prejudice. Elizabeth's mother had always told her that life was made up of ten thousand joys as well as ten thousand sorrows, and, supported by her loving daughter, and by a return to her Buddhist faith, she finally found a way to savour those joys, as well as the courage to exorcise the demons of her past.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
Published: 01 Jul 2002

ISBN 10: 0553812645
ISBN 13: 9780553812640
Book Overview: Shocking, moving and beautifully written Korean woman's memoir, from abused and ostracized childhood to cathartic return to Korea as an adult.

Media Reviews
It is astonishing that Kim has survived...All one wants for this exceptional woman is that she be granted ten thousand joys to expunge all the sorrows that have been her life's companion. -- THE TIMES
Elizabeth Kim's remarkable life is tragic...More harrowing than any novel. -- ARTHUR GOLDEN, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
A magnificent tribute to the power of forgiveness. -- DAVE PELZAR, author A Child Called `It'
Author Bio
Elizabeth Kim works on a San Francisco Bay Area newspaper. Ten Thousand Sorrows is her first book.