Unrelenting Despair

Forgotten Reflections by Young-Im Lee is described on its cover in small script as “A War Story.” True, a large part of the story is centered around the Korean War for which an armistice to end fighting was signed in 1953. As many leaders in modern day governments point out, there has not yet been an agreement to end the war signed. Much of the action described in the book takes place in a time between the Japanese Army leaving Korea after WWII and 1953. The overall context is a story about people surviving a war, extreme hardship and poverty, and constant hunger while at the same time living a life of social relationships that include love, a sense of duty, and faithfulness to one another.

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