Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles #2020

Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles Simon Winchester Korea A Walk Through the Land of Miracles In the late s New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea from its southern tip to the North Korean border in order to set the record stra

  • Title: Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles
  • Author: Simon Winchester
  • ISBN: 9780060750442
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles Simon Winchester In the late 1980s, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea from its southern tip to the North Korean border in order to set the record straight about this enigmatic and elusive land.Fascinating for its vivid presentation of historical and geographic detail, Korea is that rare book that actually defines a naIn the late 1980s, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea from its southern tip to the North Korean border in order to set the record straight about this enigmatic and elusive land.Fascinating for its vivid presentation of historical and geographic detail, Korea is that rare book that actually defines a nation and its people Winchester s gift for capturing engaging characters in true, compelling stories provides us with a treasury of enchanting and informed insight on the culture, language, history, and politics of this little known corner of Asia.With a new introduction by the author, Korea is a beautiful journey through a mysterious country and a memorable addition to the many adventures of Simon Winchester.
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    1. I m glad I waited until I had been here a year to read this book Simon Winchester writes about walking across South Korea over 20 years ago Sometimes I glimpsed a Korea that no longer exists South Korea is no longer under an authoritarian regime There are not fences on all of the beaches Jindo dogs are no longer confined to an island A lot of what Simon saw, I see here today, which is a testament to Koreans determination to hang onto their culture I have to say I was pretty offended at times Sim [...]

    2. 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 jus [...]

    3. Simon Winchester is, as usual, a pleasure to read The problem with the book is that it s about South Korea 30 years ago when he walked the length of the country At that time, the miracles referred to in the subtitle had to do with economics, not government, which was a despotic military regime.Even granting how long ago the book was written, it s striking how little Winchester comments on the desperate plight of women He is, in fact, rather cavalier about the widespread prostitution he chronicle [...]

    4. Some interesting info about the country, but it was overshadowed for me by the author s tone when it came to speaking about women and describing some aspects of Korean culture It would have been a good book if he had left his commentary out of it.

    5. This book has a precious little to recommend for itself It reads like a white man s fantasy encountering hordes of natives fascinated by his foreignness , Korean girls desperate to get a piece of him and the author s own offensive viewpoints on culture.

    6. Once when I became very ill in the Peace Corps, the Medical Officer handed me Winchester s Krakatoa, and ever since I have been a huge fan of his writing While living in Korea, I happened across this book about his walk from the South to the North in the 1980s While it took some getting used to recognizing the old Romanization of names he apologizes beforehand, and obviously it s not his fault , I learned so much about the peninsula s history perhaps so than I have learned living in the country [...]

    7. Simon Winchester has written about a wide range of historical subjects and has produced bestseller after bestseller Some of his famous works include The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa, and The Map that Changed the World So when I discovered recently that he wrote a book in 1988 about Korea, I thought it would be a good chance to learn a bit about the country I m researching.But Korea A Walk Through the Land of Miracles isn t a traditional history text After a handful of trips to South Kore [...]

    8. Simon Winchester is awesome this we know In this book, in particular, he does a few awesome things Among them walking yes, walking Korea from the southern coastal town of Mokpo to the DMZ, plus a Jeju stint to kick things off calling out governments, often the South Korean government, on their mistakes reporting the utter vulgarity of the behavior of the majority of the U.S armed forces stationed in Korea anywhere paralleling his chapters with Hendrik Hamel s 1668 account of Korea, including quo [...]

    9. 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 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 c [...]

    10. Living in Korea has been great Reading about Korea from the framework of someone who decided to walk across it was even better I loved Winchester s use of his walk as a framework for going on all kinds of descriptive tangents about Korea ginsing, barbershop massage parlors, shipbuilding, food, North Korea, and most especially some of the complexity of the American Presence in Korea It really made me want to walk across Korea, and I m already starting to float that idea by my son Great style, and [...]

    11. I learned a fair amount about Korea that I didn t know, which is the positive thing I can say about this book But the vaguely creepy paternalistic narration was extremely off putting it s very much a book written by a white man with a particular and not appealing perspective on what Korea truly is The weird overuse of the word giggling is notable and telling Extreme lack of self examination when it comes to the author s encounters with Korean women.

    12. Before reading this book, my understanding of Korea was as hazy as a foggy day in Seoul Korea Didn t they host the Olympics a few years back And I think there was a messy war in the fifties that led to partition the South became prosperous the North became weird Oh, and don t they eat dogs Well, now the fog has cleared, and it s all thanks to Simon Winchester s absorbing and entertaining journey through this fascinating land And yes, there are some references to canine cuisine, but of that late [...]

    13. the author of Krakatoa 2003 and The Professor and the Madman 1998 in 1988 took a walking tour of South Korea, and his book about it has been read 350 times.or at least, 350 Goodreaders have chosen to rate his book if we ignore this deliberately facetious opening, we might say that Simon Winchester is just about as well known as Alan Booth, another Englishman who refused proferred car rides and buses to walk the length of a country Booth traveled 4000 kilometers from north Hokkaido to south Kyush [...]

    14. There are people in this world crazy enough to embrace ideas like walking around an entire country retracing the steps of some obscure historical figure Language barrier, political situation, the blisters Somehow Simon Winchester had the temerity of doing it in the 80 s, from Jeju to Panmujeon, and I hate him for that The account of this travelogue is a fascinating read for the image it paints of Korea then It was a very, very different time, somehow as removed from present day s Korea as the Ja [...]

    15. I ve spent just short of a year here in Korea and on a friend s recommendation read this book It provides an intriguing snapshot into 1980s Korea A period of significant transformation for the country both politically at the time it was still very authoritarian and economically the country was just beginning its impressive economic expansion Its been interesting to see how much has changed since this book was published in 1988 The author walks the length of the country from Jeju Island in the so [...]

    16. I liked this book Simon Winchester has a fantastic voice that reads like Bill Bryson crossed with a self deluded Buddhist monk Probably the most fantastic aspect of the book comes from the era it was written and how foreign a place Korea seems just 30 years ago For context Winchester walks from the island of Jeju to Panmunjeom on the border with North Korea He attempts to follow the path at out by Dutch sailors who crashed on Jeju in the seventeenth century, becoming the first westerners to visi [...]

    17. Having lived in Korea for over a year now, it s pretty interesting to read a book written about the country in the late 80s There was plenty I could recognize, but what was interesting was how much the country has changed since then It s no longer a dictatorship Bad things won t happen to you if you criticize the presidentleast I hope not, because the kids I teach frequently do The foreign military presence seems to have been scaled back a lot since the 80s I ve never seen a uniformed US soldie [...]

    18. A good introduction book to 1980 s Korea The author nicely tied his journey with explanation of Korea s history Before I read this book, I ve never heard of Kwangju massacre or the genius Admiral Yi or the civil wars and the dictatorship in South Korea The people was very interesting Hyundai have got this cradle to grave motto, where its employers were taken care by the company almost literally from cradle to grave I also never knew that Koreans at that time weren t allowed to go overseas, so th [...]

    19. This is one the better travel books I ve read Not only for the travel but because it is a great snapshot of S.Korea in 1985 6 Winchester touches on many of the interesting aspects of the country and elucidates on them in a way that keeps the book moving along with fascinating passages A major theme of the book is the pace of Koreas progress, which is also evident as someone who has spent time in modern Korea For example, Winchester mentions the chaotic traffic, with most cars missing side mirror [...]

    20. Korea documents the author s walk across South Korea that retraced the route of seventeenth century explorer Hendrick Hamel Hamel wrote a book of his travels in the land of Corea that brought this mysterious land to the attention of Europe.The trick of detachment while remaining involved in the story is something that eluded the author at this point, but the stories in this book are of a personal nature than the historical narratives in later volumes Despite the fact that he doesn t flat out sa [...]

    21. Alright, but I actually don t believe much of the book Maybe it s just Winchester s delivery, or his British background, but, for example, he never details significant language barriers with anyone he meets He gives the impression that they all speak reasonable English Moreover, he gives the impression that most Korean people are relatively reasonable from a Western standpoint Based on my two plus years experience in the country, both of these scenarios are fantastic Only once does he describe t [...]

    22. So many layers of time and perspective exist within this book what Korea was in the 1600 s during Hendrick Hamel s quest, what it was in the late 1980 s as Simon Winchester took his journey, and for me what the little part of Korea that I know is now in 2007 2008 Existence and life in Korea has the same affect as the book illustrates a blending of the traditional, the modern, and the contemporary Winchester uses intriguing and creative prose I most enjoyed the portraits of people and landscape t [...]

    23. The walking tour of any length provides a intimate exposure to the land being traversed than any conveyance might allow Simon Winchester s account of retracing the journey of a group of Dutch sailors who were shipwrecked off the coasts of Korea in 1653 A.D embraces not only the land, but the history and its people As a well travelled individual he is able to equate the various regions he roams through to other world regions creating immediate images in the reader s mind.The miracles of the land [...]

    24. I was torn between rating this book two or three stars I liked that I got to get a glimpse of South Korea as it was twenty years ago, when it was just beginning to go through the changes that would help shape the country into the current technological powerhouse it is now There s also a lot of history, from Yi Soon Shin one of my favourite historical figures to the Gwangju Massacre, which I d not heard of until I read this There were a lot of fascinating titbits of information about the country. [...]

    25. I read this because my daughter has recently gone to live and work in South Korea for a year Accessible material about the country is hard to come by This book was published in 1988, but I gather it s still regarded as a useful introduction Winchester decides to walk the length of the country, following the trail of 17th century Dutch adventurers who were held captive here Hiking is not a Korean hobby, and his unusual idea excites the interest of people who he meets on the way So he shares the i [...]

    26. 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 li [...]

    27. I liked this book, but my only regret is that it was written in the late 1980 s I would like to read something that covers the last twenty years since this book was published For now, I ll have to content myself with articles and archived news reports.The book did make me want to visit Korea I worked for a Korean company here stateside for a short time, and I wish I had read the book before working there as it would have given me a bit insight in how to deal with the boss As an American, I am a [...]

    28. This is an evocatively written travelogue that combines the author s journey, by foot, along the length of South Korea with historical and cultural anecdotes I read this while traveling in Korea and it complemented the trip well.One small complaint, which applies to many books of this sort, is the inclusion of an eccentric, Western expat in this case the character Carl Ferris Miller While the author my find this person eminently interesting, I think meeting him only distracts from what should be [...]

    29. Written in 1988, Simon Winchester walks the length of South Korea following the path of the ship wrecked sailors of the Sparrowhawk that smashed on the rocks in August of 1693 One of the crew maintained a diary of the thirteen years that they were held in protective custody before they escaped to Japan and caught a Dutch ship home His walk, as always, is both a history lesson and a beautiful narrative about the current time of the people, customs and their rich history It is also a wonderful sto [...]

    30. I found this book in the Asian History section at the public library I d say it s of the travel writing genre than history, though it is fairly liberally peppered with historical context Since it was written in 1988, it s somewhat dated A lot has happened in Korea since then, so I found I had to skim some parts that just weren t relevant any Other than that it s entertaining enough, though I d look out for something recent if I were making recommendations.

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