I was very relieved to read that Kwan Yon decided to travel through South Korea after reading this book. Actually, I thought the book wasn't anywhere near the qualities all the other books by S. Winchester had. I'd warmly recommend as some of my all-time favourites Krakatoa, The Man Who Loved China (!) and The River at the Centre of the World to anybody interested in Asia. But this one book on Mr. Winchester's traveling around Korea is just superficial and drawing on stupid stereotypes. Not that it pretended to be as well-researched as all the other books I know, but even as a mere travel report it stands out very far and low from the high level I appreciate so much in his other books. I really hope, nobody will be kept from reading his so much better books by having read this one.