The coolest geek that is.
I’ve raved about Daniel Tudor’s Korea: The Impossible Country and just when I thought that’s possibly the best book about Korea out there, I read A Geek In Korea which is also penned by Daniel.
I actually knew of the book when it first came out and the title and the overly colourful design cover made me thought that it was a book which was going to touch upon (very superficially) Korean culture, kpop, kimchi, plastic surgery and all that common stereotypes. If I have noticed the author of the book, I would probably have paid a lot more attention.
Which I’m glad I did now.
A Geek In Korea is in some sense a watered-down version of the book (Impossible Country) in that the issues are not covered with that much depth but still detailed. The plus is that there are many many great pictures and I feel that the coverage is wider, with a more personal touch to it.
It gives a very very good (and accurate) introduction of the country, its people and culture. I find myself nodding and agreeing to the points being mentioned, enjoying the pictures and having fun reading the small tidbits of extra information in boxes.
It would make anyone want to visit the country and for those who already know something, it provides a greater insight to the country that they might have previously simply visited for a short while.
I like how the book is very neatly organised into 10 parts, covering aspects from the traditional to the modern, from music, entertainment to Koreans at work and at play.
Again, what makes the book most remarkable is how accessible and easy to read it is and at the same time, depth of writing is not compromised.
Definitely a book to keep on your bookshelf!
HANGUKDRAMA X TUTTLE GIVEAWAY
Tuttle has also kindly agreed to giveaway a copy of Korea: The Impossible Country and it’s free shipping to anywhere in the world! 😀 This time it would be a Facebook giveaway.
1. Like my Facebook page
2. Like the post
That’s it! ^^[disclaim]
- The giveaway will end on 29 April 2015 KST 9pm / SGT 8pm
- Winner will be announced on Facebook
- All communications from me would be from either firstname.lastname@example.org or the Facebook page
- I would only be asking for your NAME, ADDRESS and a TEL NO (if you live outside US)
- The information will be passed on to Tuttle Publishing, who will then ship the book to you
- I will not be using or disclosing the information for any other purposes other than facilitating the giveaway[/disclaim]