Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles

Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles

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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 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.

Title:Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780060750442
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    Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles Reviews

  • Meri

    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 ...

  • John

    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 snot...

  • Sandi (Zorena)

    Korea: A walk through the land of miracles.Perhaps I should have looked into more of Simon Winchester's writings. Perhaps I should have been more careful about the date the book was written. Perhaps I...

  • Tom Romig

    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...

  • V

    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...

  • Wendell

    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 go...

  • Aoi

    This book has a precious little to recommend for itself. It reads more like a white man's fantasy - encountering hordes of natives fascinated by his 'foreignness' , Korean girls desperate to get a pie...

  • Denice

    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...

  • Travis

    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 ki...

  • Robert Sheard

    Simon Winchester has written about a wide range of historical subjects and has produced bestseller after bestseller. Some of his more famous works include The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa, and T...