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So Far from the Bamboo Grove

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4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Excellent story

This book was really well written. it tells an often untold story about what happened in Korea as the war was endend. The characters are well developed and the storyline is heartwrenching. I would hesitate to let younger children read this, because of some of the conten...
This book was really well written. it tells an often untold story about what happened in Korea as the war was endend. The characters are well developed and the storyline is heartwrenching. I would hesitate to let younger children read this, because of some of the content

posted by lambikins on May 15, 2010

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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

not true...

I don't like it.

posted by Anonymous on January 24, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007

    So Far from the Bamboo Grove

    It is even more important to point out how faith and wrong information continues to divert the real history issues when the author solely relied on her own experience. The danger of this book is being felt in innumerable ways, and the danger goes on growing in terms of brainwashing of children. Her writing is good enough for us to blind emotionally, despite the fact that Japanese actually invaded Korea and committed cruel crimes, such as killing and sending Korean girls into the World War II battle zone as sex slaves for Japanese troops. At first I thought it is both odd and a mistake to refer her home in Korea as 'bamboo groove', which Bamboo can not grow in the northern part in Korea, the setting of this book. However, I can not blame her because I figured out it is not her fault. Mirroring the fact that even current Japanese students do not learn at school what their ancestors had done for other Asian countries, I assumed that she had not received the right information what had happened really in Korea before 1945. What the author was able to do was just relying on her memory, which could be adulterated.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2007

    Is it OK to distort?

    Granted, it is possible that the 'minor'(as one reviewer mentioned) account of rape is true. The multiple inaccuracies throughout the book leave serious doubt whether it happened. On rather light note, bamboo grove did not and does not exist in the northen part of Korea. Ms. Watkins later corrected herself in an interview that it was perhaps 'tall bamboo grass.' The American bombing didn't happened, as public records show. She later said interview that it might be Russians since she doesn't know 'much about bombs.' The Koreans did not have Communist Party until 1948. Il-Sung Kim actually didn't arrive in northen Korea until late 1945. I wonder which communist soldiers she is referring true. Yes, it is possible that there was band of communist guerillas around. But, there were still hundreds, yes hundreds of thousands of Japanese soldiers and polices around. How is it possible for the guerillas to go about in public? A survival story draws much of its strength from the tragedy its protagonist endured, and yet so many instances are fabricated. Yoko's mom(the one who died in the story) was still living in Japan in 1952, and so was her grand mother(also died in the story). Ms. Watkins is a great story-teller, but her recollection is shaky at best, and she shouldn't go around schools touting this book as her autobiography.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    So Far from the Bamboo Grove

    I can't criticize about her fictional story, but this can lead to a misconception toward true history. I guess she's shamed of history of her own country and what they've done to Korea. Let the kids know the truth of our past. It's very disapointing!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    So Far from the Bamboo Grove

    I don't recommend such story for my children. She's not the best writer for them.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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