To Swim Across the World

To Swim Across the World

by Frances Park, Ginger Park
     
 

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Korea, 1941, for Sei-Young Shin, a young man born into a poor family in the rural south, it is a time of oppression. The Japanese have issued strict provisions against the Korean language, religion, and food, and Sei-Young is learning important lessons about humiliation and defiance. For Heisook Pang, the daughter of a prominent minister in northern Korea, life is

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Korea, 1941, for Sei-Young Shin, a young man born into a poor family in the rural south, it is a time of oppression. The Japanese have issued strict provisions against the Korean language, religion, and food, and Sei-Young is learning important lessons about humiliation and defiance. For Heisook Pang, the daughter of a prominent minister in northern Korea, life is easier. But the onset of World War II changes everything, as Heisooks privilages are suddenly stripped away, and she is forced to make a daring escape, slipping across the border into the South, where her destiny crossed that of Sei-Young in an encounter that changes both their lives forever.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
... the story is a compelling one... about a man and a woman born into turbulent times...
Sunday Oregonian
This is both a love story and an intimate lesson in Korean history.
Sun-Sentinel
The Parks' novel is no dry recitation of the past, but a beautifully written tale. It provides contemporary readers with an understanding of two families, a strong culture and the richness of the human spirit.
Korean Quarterly
... a remarkable rendition of the plight of a people during the ravages of war and separation... with language that is poetic yet simple...
USA Today
Exquisitely rendered...lovely novel. Deftly written...more than just a love story - a vivid portrait of people forced to submit to decades of oppression, and the heartbreak of war. Its lyrical flavor makes it appealing to adults and teenagers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786867332
Publisher:
Miramax Books
Publication date:
06/13/2001
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.99(d)

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