Sad Peninsula by Mark SampsonSad Peninsula by Mark Sampson

Sad Peninsula

byMark Sampson

Paperback | September 6, 2014

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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 Seoul's seedy expatriate underbelly. A world away and two generations apart, their lives collide through the fiery Jin, who challenges stereotypes of her race and gender as well as Michael's morality.

Through meticulously crafted and heart-wrenching prose, Sad Peninsula takes the reader across oceans and decades, outlining the boundaries between seduction and coercion, between love and destruction, between a past that can't be undone and a future that seems just out of reach.

Mark Sampson is the author of Off Book and several short stories and poems in literary journals across Canada. He holds a master's degree in English from the University of Manitoba and a journalism degree from the University of King's College. Originally from Prince Edward Island, he currently lives in Toronto.
Title:Sad PeninsulaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:September 6, 2014Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:145970925X

ISBN - 13:9781459709256

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best. Novel. Ever. I heard the author read from his most recent novel, _The Slip_, and then decided to read that novel and I loved it. This earlier novel is even better, in fact it may well be the best novel I have ever read (and I have read a lot of novels). The way he introduces two gripping narratives set 50 years apart, and then brings them inexorably, grippingly together is an extraordinary accomplishment. The only reason I did not read it in a single sitting is that I needed time to digest and think about the novel as I made my way through it ... to reflect on the many terrifying ways that the two stories that unfold are related to one another, and are both timely and timeless. I learned so much about Korea, about history, and about life from this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Date published: 2017-11-12

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Mark a good, vivid writer. - The Guardian