30 Nov Kimchi Press hits bookstores with ‘My Name is Kim Sam Soon’
by KB Meniado
I was in high school when Koreanovelas struck Philippine TV like a typhoon on Signal No. 4. While it was not the kind of disaster people feared, it did disrupt lives. The “studying habit” I was only starting to cultivate ultimately went kaput. My friends seemed to have nothing else better to do but talk nonstop about last night’s episodes. My own parents were glued to “Full House,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Memories of Bali.” (I remember because visiting the actual house on “Full House” was part of our Seoul itinerary even after four years later.)
It is easy to understand why these romantic comedies – and tragedies – were (or are) popular among Filipino audience: they present a fantasy most can relate to. Also, they are cute. A refreshing alternative to the boohooohoooo of Filipino dramas. As a reader, this is also why I wished for these Koreanovelas to have book counterparts. In Filipino or English, please!
Luckily, Kimchi Press unknowingly heeded that request because ta-da! My Name is Kim Sam Soon.
Twenty-nine-year-old patisserie chef Kim Sam Soon strikes a deal with businessman Jang Do Yeong wherein they pretend to be “together.” Predictably, this deal comes with a price – and a lot, at that.
Up in the clouds
I love pastries so you can just imagine how enjoyable (and frustrating) it was to read about Sam Soon baking and tasting cakes. Now I’m not sure how exact the translations from the Korean version are but to me, the descriptions are vivid. I could see the fluff of the icing on the page. If your imagination needs a trigger, the pretty cover may help.
And don’t worry much about how the story turns out. The book retains the trademark antics of the Sam Soon TV show we all know of. It also includes an Author’s Note from Ji Su-Hyun after the story ends.
Blink and you still won’t miss it
Two things: 1) The book is made of quality material but at only 327 pages, it weighs like a hardcover. 2) A more keen proofreader, perhaps?
This book can pretty much disrupt my life anytime. Dear Kimchi Press, next one, please! ☁