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Korea by Simon Winchester
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Apr 29, 2012

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Read from April 26 to 29, 2012

I just moved to South Korea and I found this book a reasonably good introduction to the country and it's culture.

A few caveats, the text was written in 1988 when South Korean's government was far more authoritarian. Thus, the contrast with the North wasn't near as striking as today. Winchester is a bit harsh at times on American imperialism (coming from a Brit, this is at times particularly rich) and seems to only encounter the most vulgar, most ignorant Americans he can find.

I also found Winchester's claim to be a sexual magnet to all Korean women coming into his presence a bit hard to take it times.

Overall, the book felt like it was written by say Paul Theroux's younger, less intelligent or insightful brother.

But it was still a good read nonetheless.

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