Friday, December 12, 2008

Noontime Chat Day Five: Miles From Nowhere by Nami Mun

Today's chat is happening at all four of our blogs! So by now we probably have all finished the book or are close.

I really liked the At the Employment Agency chapter. How Joon decided she wanted a job no matter what it was. And waited it out until she left with one. I guess that made the ending a bit more optimistic. 

I know everyone was sort of uncertain how it would end. Will Joon die, stay in her cycle of drugs or end up off the streets with a home and a job among other things. 

Well I personally have no idea what to think of the ending. Because it literally just ended. I guess I didn't see any concrete evidence of what happened to Joon in the end. She just is. Whatever that may be. The ending reminded me of the endings of a lot of the short stories I've read lately. They just end with nothing really learned or gained more of a snapshot of life. So I'm not really sure what to think!

This is a scheduled post because I'm off to the doctor so I'll chat back later on today or tonight sometime! 

Here's the schedule:
Tuesday: Right here, Pop Culture Junkie
Thursday: Worducopia
Friday: All of us!


  1. At the beginning of the last chapter, she says, "This was before I went to California..." or something like that, which at least indicates that she saved enough money to get out of NY.

    I liked the last chapter, too. I would have liked more closure, more of a sense of purpose. Then again, I would have liked that throughout the whole novel.

  2. I agree Ali, and said as much in my wrap-up post.

  3. I think I took the ending a little bit more negatively than everyone else. I was really upset. I think it's because I was so excited about this book...maybe too excited and so I had a longer!

    Steve thinks it's a set up for a sequel. Does anyone else think that?

  4. Ali- Yeah- I'm glad that was there. The way it ended with that encounter with her old neighbor was a bit bizarre though it allowed her to reflect which was nice.

    Lenore- I hope we can do this again, next time YA?

    J. Kaye- I really liked how the book started and then it just didn't really go anywhere. I guess I could see a sequel happening.

  5. I didn't think it she was setting up for a sequel; I thought it was more that she was going for the dark, literary ending.

    The neighbor thing (I forgot about that) seemed like, again, she was able to connect with someone. The fact that it was someone who she had viewed as perfect in the past made that encounter really beautiful to me. I loved when she asked how he had seen their family and he answered, "Troubled. Like all of us," or something like that. And, all those times on the bus she was searching for God or an angel of God...then at the end of the book here's this man who a way is like an angel for her, and he was there all the time.

    Gosh, now that I put it that way, I like the ending more than I thought, LOL. This is why I like to write reviews. :-)

  6. I still have no idea how i feel about this book. Well I guess I do but i have no idea how to express it!

  7. Ali said: "I didn't think it she was setting up for a sequel; I thought it was more that she was going for the dark, literary ending."

    I totally agree with that.

    Alea ~ It's times like this, I am glad for my rating system. It gives me a focus point for the review.

  8. J. Kaye- I have no idea what I'm going to say LOL! Wish I had a rating system!

  9. Just wanted to let you know that I have linked to your review on my site: Random Wonder.


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