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Korea by Simon Winchester
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Aug 28, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: travel

I liked Outposts and Fracture Zone; Korea, however, was the end of line for me. Winchester makes a repeated point of how popular he is among South Koreans by virtue of his being English; that was snotty enough by the third go-round. He managed to find one old soldier, fawningly pro-British, as though the U K had been the ones who saved South Korea. What did me in was the time he arrived at a U S base, browbeat them into letting him stay there (when they didn't have to), and then proceeded to trash just about every single U S military person he ran across after accepting their hospitality. He also had a penchant for running into anti-American Koreans; you'd think they were rife, along with all of the many prostitutes throwing themselves at him.
There's well-researched history here, although it didn't fully redeem the book for me.

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message 1: by Dave (new)

Dave Gaston Thanks John, I'm a big fan of Winchester, but perhaps a bunny hap is in order. If you want a great read on Korea, try "Nothing to Envy." I really enjoyed it. Dave

message 2: by John (last edited Jul 22, 2014 11:11AM) (new) - rated it 1 star

John I rated Nothing to Envy as a five star book, Dave. I recommend it myself every chance I get!

message 3: by Dave (new)

Dave Gaston And that is why I love Good Reads. No doubt, I first heard about the book
From you! Have a great day. Dave

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