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Korea by Simon Winchester
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Mar 25, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: asia, korea, travel
Read from April 01 to 11, 2010 — I own a copy

It’s the author’s account of his journey on foot through Korea, from Jeju Island in the south to the 38 parallel, retracing the steps of seventeenth-century sailor Hendrick Hamelits who was forced to make this journey after having been shipwrecked and made the king’s captive. On his walk, Winchester was hoping to discover what was there in the Koreans that made it possible for them to recently make so much progress in so little time.
Even though the book was first published in 1984, it has lost little of its relevance. It goes off on different tangents into history and culture, geography and politics, anecdote and intrigue, and very much of it is interesting, still valid and well written. It’s a very enjoyable read, and the one in which Winchester shows more of his private self than in his other books.

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message 1: by Merilee (new)

Merilee I had never heard of this Winchester. Will probably be good.

message 2: by Mag (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mag It's old- from 1988, but it seems to be good. I read a few fragments from where the book randomly opened before buying it, and they were all interesting. Will get to it soon. I am going on June 30 :)

message 3: by Merilee (new)

Merilee What an adventure you'll have!

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