Momo 모모 (Michael Ende)

KIM SAMSOON BOOK RECOMMENDATION II

Fans of the 2005 MBC drama My name is Kim Samsoon – did you know that Momo, the character that Samsoon talks about in the drama originated from a fantasy novel of the same name by Michael Ende? Initially, I thought Momo was a Korean character, sort of like Pucca, but I was wrong.

Momo, also known as The Grey Gentlemen or The Men in Grey was published in 1973. It was originally written in German, but you may find the English translation on the shelves today. Micheal Ende is also the author of the bestselling novel The Neverending Story (if you haven’t read the book, you might have seen the movie).

 

Various covers of the Children’s classic – Momo

 


Momo – the synopsis

Momo, is a little Italian girl who lives in the ruins of an amphitheatre just outside an unnamed Italian city. She is remarkable in the neighbourhood because she has the extraordinary ability to listen – really listen. By simply being with people and listening to them, she can help them find answers to their problems.

The baddies in the story are called Men in Grey. They steal time from people. By representing the Timesavings Bank, they promote the idea of timesaving – time which can be deposited to the bank and returned later with interest. They make people forget all about their savings but not about the resolution to save as much time as possible “for later use”. Gradually, life becomes sterile, devoid of all things considered time-wasting – like art, imagination or even sleeping.

Momo rescues the city from the evil plan of the Men in Grey thanks to her special personality. Other characters in the book are Professor Secundus Minustus Hora and Cassiopeia (a tortoise which can communicate though writing on her shell and has the ability to see 30 minutes into the future).

Momo – in the drama

Little Mi-joo is Jin-heon’s (Hyun Bin) niece. After the shock of witnessing the death of both her parents in a tragic car crash, she has not spoken. Samsoon (Kim Sun-a) initiates a “baking therapy” session for little Mi-joo. It was then that Samsoon introduced Mi-joo to Momo. Samsoon says, “Momo was an orphan and she did not talk but is a very good listener, just like Mi-joo.”

 

Samsoon tells Mi-joo about Momo during a fun baking session.
The child & Jin-heon listens intently.

 

 

When Jin-heon goes on a shopping outing with
ex-girlfriend Hee-jin one day,
Mi-joo spots
the book (Momo) and insists on buying it.

 

 

Jin-heon secretly bought a copy for himself too
and reads the book

 

 

A troubled Jin-hyeon finds comfort by reading Mi-joo a
bedtime story.
They read about the adventures of Momo.
(Orchid would like Hyun Bin to read her a bedtime story too..;-)

 

 

After a day at the aquarium, Samsoon reads to a sleepy Mi-joo

 

 

Dream sequence where Mi-joo dreams about Momo,
Professor Secundus Minustus Hora and Cassiopeia

Purchase Momo (Puffin Books) from Amazon now!

 

Reference: Wikipedia

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