Sad Peninsula

Sad Peninsula

A Canadian ex-pat and a Korean former "comfort woman," each scarred by their pasts, seek redemption. Two separate lives become connected in South Korea: traumatized former Korean "comfort woman" Eun-young, who struggles with her past of rape and violence; and Michael, a troubled young Canadian arriving in Korea to teach ESL, whose principles and humanity are tested by Seou A Canadian ex-pat and a Korean former "comfort woman," each scarred by their pasts, seek redemption. Two separate...

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Title:Sad Peninsula
Author:Mark Sampson
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:145970925X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Sad Peninsula Reviews

  • Margaret Bryant
    Oct 15, 2013

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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    wonderful contemporary and historical mix. Believable characters with neatly parallel stories. ...

  • Lindsay
    Aug 06, 2016

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

  • Rebecca Rosenblum
    Aug 31, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

  • Lee Thompson
    Sep 15, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

  • THE TORONTO QUARTERLY
    Sep 14, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

  • DubaiReader
    Apr 06, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

  • Steven Buechler
    Nov 24, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

  • Wren
    Sep 01, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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  • Natalie
    Jan 30, 2016

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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  • Tracy
    Sep 05, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

  • Kathleen McRae
    Sep 12, 2015

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

  • Mandy
    Dec 28, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

  • Amy
    Apr 11, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

  • Sarah-Hope
    May 20, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

  • Koom Kankesan
    Mar 29, 2016

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

  • Amber Zertuche
    Jun 24, 2015

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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  • Martha
    Sep 03, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

  • Daniel Perry
    Aug 05, 2016

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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  • Julie
    Mar 25, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

  • Gwen
    Jun 16, 2015

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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  • Michael Bryson
    Jan 28, 2015

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

  • Jacqueline Pommier
    Jan 29, 2018

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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  • Traa
    Oct 05, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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  • Matt Randle
    Nov 01, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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    wonderful contemporary and historical mix. Believable characters with neatly parallel stories. ...

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  • Maria Meindl
    Nov 26, 2014

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

  • Rebecca Carroll
    Jan 21, 2015

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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    wonderful contemporary and historical mix. Believable characters with neatly parallel stories. ...

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  • Emily Coolen
    Jan 18, 2016

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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    wonderful contemporary and historical mix. Believable characters with neatly parallel stories. ...

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  • Mahendra Singh Bagaria
    Apr 14, 2016

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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    wonderful contemporary and historical mix. Believable characters with neatly parallel stories. ...

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  • Jamie Tennant
    Apr 23, 2017

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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  • Josee Sigouin
    Feb 19, 2018

    I truly believe this is an exceptional, complex, moving, intelligent and sometimes very funny book. But I'm also married to the author so, just you know, fyi... ...

    3.5 stars ...

    ** I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for a fair review ** Two tales of Korea run parallel in this book - Eun-young's life as a comfort woman in WWII, and Michael, a Canadian ex-pat teaching English to schoolchildren. Eun-young's sections were evidently well-resear...

    Spoiler alerts. Sampson's novel is well constructed and the story moves along quickly. The settings, the details are impeccably done and the language is clean, casual throughout (some style risks are taken during a scene of binge drinking). I admire his willingness to take on and not s...

    This powerful and accomplished novel from Mark Sampson tells the harrowing story of Eun-Young, a Japanese comfort woman, snatched from her home in Korea during the Second World War and forced to endure years of abuse at the hands of her Japanese captors. Alongside her story runs a seco...

    I participated in a literary reading series in 2010, and Mark read from his manuscript in progress, which later became Sad Peninsula (Dundurn, 2014). It was impressive in progress, and it remains impressive in final form. The sad peninsula is Korea, and the story cleverly riffs o...

    Mark Sampson?s novel Sad Peninsula is a painful read, not because of any failings on his part, but because of the subject the novel deals with: rape and sexual violence. The chapters alternate between past and present. In the past, we follow the story of a Korean girl, Eun-young, abd...

    In Sad Peninsula Mark Sampson interweaves the stories of a Korean ?comfort woman? (the term for young girls who were kidnapped to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War Two) and a Canadian expatriate living in Seoul to ? in his own words ? ?sling English lik...

    Hard hitting. This powerful novel has two fascinating stories to tell. The recent-time narrative relates the experiences of Michael, a teacher of English, who leaves Canada under a cloud, to work in Korea. He encounters a culture where sex is readily available, but at what cost to t...

    Like the other book I've read by Sampson (The Secrets Men Keep), the style in this book is very down to earth and readable, which helps make the experience of the difficult subject matter a little easier to take. It's preoccupied with subject matter that is frankly horrendous and diffi...

    Sad Peninsula is one of those difficult to read books because the subject matter is a trauma?..even reading it feels traumatic. It stuns me that we are still fighting, in this world to see women and particularly young women as something other than a victim to be victimized.The fight ...

    An very emotional book that includes scenes of extreme violence and explicit rape scenes. There were times this book was very difficult to read, and more than once I considered not finishing it. Civilians victimized by war are always difficult to read about, but the ages of the girls a...

    Sampson has written a brilliant yet bittersweet novel here. He has basically two protagonists ? Eun-young, a former Korean ?comfort woman? who is trying hard to come to terms with her past of rape and violence during World War II and Michael, a Canadian who arrives in Korea to te...

    Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with novelist Mark Sampson as we discuss comfort women and his latest novel, Sad Peninsula (Dundurn Books, 2014). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c... ...

    What a great read loved this one it is a book that I'm would Be more than happy to read more than once. ...

    wow...great book. a piece of history I knew nothing about. incredible women. ...

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