Book review: Forgotten Reflections, by Young-Im Lee

Forgotten Reflection - Young-Im Lee

Publication date: 2017

Publisher: BN Publishing

Pages: 504

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A historical thriller set during the Korean War sheds light on the brave women who handcrafted hanji paper and made their mark on the unseen pages of Korean history. In the current international climate where North Korea takes center stage, “Forgotten Reflections” weaves an inspirational tale of family, lost memories, folklore and an unforgotten history, spanning three generations as South Korea rises from the ashes. 


1945. Rice fields seem endless in a quaint farming village of South Korea, yet Iseul and the villagers have been on the verge of starvation for as long as they can remember; the last of their Japanese colonizers have taken every last grain with them. In the newly independent Korea, Iseul dreams of what her future might bring. Yet, war is on the horizon, and the boy she has fallen for is an alleged North Korean communist spy.

Amidst war, Jung-Soo and Iseul embark on a comic journey of self-discovery across the mountainous peninsula, as they are aided by the occasional appearances of long forgotten legendary figures. Music helps them pass the time, as does the radio and the crafty carpentry skills of Iseul who would eventually make history with her handcrafted hanji paper. Unexpected friendships are forged, love burgeons and betrayal taints their elusive dreams.


First, I wish to thank Young- Im Lee for sending me her book. I had a great time reading it. It seems that lately, all the book I had the chance to read are just great books. And Forgotten Reflections isn’t an exception.

What I loved the most at this book is the way how it is written. Is written as a story told by a young girl, called Jia. It feels like she was talking with me, the reader; like we were two friends talking about our lives. 

And the language is so simple. No hard or complicated words, light and easy to understand sentences. But, to be honest, I had troubles with names. For me, Korean names are quite hard to remember, but in the end, I found my way to know each character. 

It is an interesting historical thriller set during the Korean War. I’ve learned so many about the Korean War and people’s faith. I felt so intrigued by it that I made a search on Google to learn more. 

I loved how she continued to switch between past and present and between people. She did a splendid job with describing the environment and each character. 

Also, the book gives so many emotions. I worried about Jung-Soo an Iseul, hoping that someday they will meet again. I loved how strong Iseul is. 

If you haven’t read it yet, this is the right time to do it. You won’t regret it!

Rate:  Stars 3/5

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