Pub. Date: February 2004
Format: 223 X 152 mm
Softcover: 296 pages
"Tying a Shoestring (Sindeulmae) Again" has recently been authored by popular novelist Lee Mun-yeol who had long been established as a top-notch writer of reputation. This book marks a turning point or a new beginning in Lee's 25 years of writing career. Based on author's own experiences and philosophy, "Tying a Shoestring (Sindeulmae) Again" rings an alarm bell to the youth of today who are embarking on a journey to the new world. Adding flavor to the book is Lee's display of a variety of literary styles as well as of his religious beliefs and his views of history, world, and art in general. He has always said, "Novels represent the stories of man. The world means nothing if devoid of humans and their lives. Likewise, literature cannot touch readers without dealing with love and belief in man."
This book is composed of five chapters. Chapter 1 unfolds his worries and gives advise to the youth, who will become the next generation leaders. In chapter 2, titled "Reading and Thinking," the author borrows ideas from the wars between Athens and Sparta and introduces some famous words of wisdom from both the East and the West. Chapter 3 deals with the author's views of the current issues and politics including the location of the Korean Peninsula, and with the controversies surrounding his own political remarks and the opponents' criticisms on his participation in domestic politics. During the past general election years ago, he caused controversies by comparing some civic groups as the pro-government Red Guards who had advocated Mao Ze-dong during the China's Cultural Revolution. Chapter four and five each introduces the author's wish for the new millennium and his previous journeys.