War With Pigeons

War With Pigeons

by Tae Kim

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BN ID: 2940012924223
Publisher: aStoryTelling
Publication date: 02/02/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 394
File size: 252 KB

About the Author

Tae Kim was born in Inchon, South Korea and immigrated to the United States in 1971. He spent most of his childhood growing up in various areas of Brooklyn, New York, most notably Mill Basin.

In 1982, Kim was granted admission to attend Hunter College High School – a magnet school located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He graduated from Hunter with varsity letters in both baseball and volleyball and was awarded the US Marine Corp’s Distinguished Athlete Award in 1988.

Upon graduation from high school, Kim attended Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania, where he majored in History with concentrations in East Asian, European and American studies. During his junior fall semester, Kim participated in an exchange program that allowed him to study Korean culture, Korean language and Korean history abroad at Yonsei University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Haverford in 1992 and, subsequently, his Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1995.

Following graduation from law school, Kim worked as a securitization attorney for several years at Brown & Wood LLP, prior to the firm’s merger with Sidley Austin LLP. In March of 2001, he transitioned to Moody’s Investors Service, leaving his law office in the World Trade Center a few months prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks. After working for five years at the rating agency as a legal analyst and, later, a senior credit officer, Kim accepted an offer to work for HSBC Bank USA, National Association in 2006. He’s currently a senior vice president at the bank.

The most significant change to Kim’s life came in 2004, when he married his sweetheart of seven years. They currently live in Bergen County, New Jersey with their three beautiful children.

Kim has been a speaker at the Arizona ABS Conference (February 2003), Moody’s Annual CDO Investor Briefing (September 2005) and the Bear Stearns Mortgage Credit Roundtable (December 2005). He is also the author of a number of publications including “Moody’s Approach to Addressing Risks Specific to Institution-to-Retail Trust Certificates,” “The Use of Grantor Trusts in CDO Transactions,” and “Netting and the Aaa Derivative Product Companies: the Netherlands."

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War With Pigeons 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Watkins_FreelanceReviewer More than 1 year ago
War With Pigeons, by Tae Kim, is suspenseful, thrilling, and in my opinion - a piece of literary talent at its finest. Tae Kim introduces the reader to the Asian-American community so many of us (until now) have not been aware of. I think the author did an excellent job in describing the room salons in Midtown Manhattan, cafés, and clubs that the young Asian men frequented. Written in first and third - person narrative, the author manages to captivate his audience with both techniques of storytelling - not easily achieved by most writers. Through his characters, the author expresses every human emotion - love, desire, bereavement, and jealousy with realism and undying truth. The words leap from the pages and touch your heart as the author speaks of a world and culture that is quite different than our own, but ultimately develops to reveal a common thread. The setting for the story begins with a funeral on a stormy Easter Sunday as many people gather to pay homage to Simon - the main character. It is here that you are introduced to several different characters - all meticulously described in detail. It is when his friend, Peter, is appointed administrator to the will that the reader learns of Simon's tragic love affair, and the events that lead up to his death. Peter uncovers a journal of his friend Simon, which reveals his friend in a very different light, and eventually dredges up disturbing memories of loss and love in his own heart. One of the most memorable characters in the book for me was Simon's mother. The poignant moment arrives when she makes the decision to leave her husband and young child in Korea, so that she could immigrate to the U.S. in hopes to make a better life for them. Naïve, she expected to reunite with them after a short period of time, but weeks turned into a year - valuable time lost that could never be replaced. We often trust that if we stand up for what we believe in and do the right thing - the result will be a positive one. Not always. However, those who do stand up for what they believe in earn the respect of others as well as staying true to their values. The author conveys this vital message many times throughout the story. I trust we will be seeing more literary works from this gifted writer. I give War With Pigeons two thumbs up and five stars - highly recommended! Tae Kim was born in Inchon, Korea and immigrated to the U.S. in 1971. He now lives in Englewood, New Jersey with his wife and three children. Review by Barbara Watkins, bookpleasures
NYCC More than 1 year ago
I'd have to admit that I enjoyed this book. It's not in the genre of books I typically read - my preference is to read financial books. But the elements of suspense and mystery kept me turning the pages. The author provides a rather interesting description of Korean American culture on many different levels. The characters are engaging and the story flows, although in a rather sad way. The final chapters of the book really fly by and I found myself wishing there were more pages to read. A truly remarkable effort for a debut novel.
AOK69 More than 1 year ago
War with pigeons is a well written novel with many themes running through it that will resonate with Korean and non-Koreans alike. It's a love story, a murder mystery and a thriller all wrapped up into one. Peter's voyeuristic look back at Simon's life through his journals, after Simon's death, provides the reader with a particularly intimate portrait of two separate but equally troubled souls. Placing the story of their lives in the New York City area also give the story a sense of authenticity and familiarity to those of us who lived and grew up in the Big Apple. I would strongly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's amazing! I was taken from the first sentence and stayed that way till the last. Never have I read a book where I felt so intimate and connected with the main characters and constantly yearning to learn more about their lives. This is a must read! I loved all the areas of the book that were so familiar to me, but I just as much loved the areas that were not - such as the beautiful peeks into Korean culture and ways. The way the author described them made these aspects of the book feel familiar as well
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's a rawness about this novel - a persisting turbulence which begins with a rainstorm at the protagonist's funeral and which continues until the very end when the sun finally shines through on those who survive him. Inner turmoil and the battle against life's challenges are the themes which link the book's well developed cast of characters. None of the characters, with the possible exception of Simon's mother, is quite perfect, adding to the gnawing in the mind of any reader who needs a larger than life hero or heroine for whom to root. The author's reluctance to massage away any of the characters' flaws or glorify any of their strengths, further lends to the book's realism, grittiness and unsettling quality. Ultimately, the book focuses on specific moments within the lives of each of the characters, moments where their response to certain events will define their lifetimes. For Simon's mother, this moment is when she decides to leave her husband and infant child in Korea, while she immigrates to the US with the hopes of bringing her family over later. What she had anticipated to be weeks soon turn into months and even a year. When she is ultimately reunited with her family, time has eroded away much of what she had endeavored to preserve. Peter's defining moment is when he is confronted by Gracie's father, the stocky, little man who destroys within an instant that which was so precious to Peter, that which he had waited an entire lifetime to bring to fruition. Peter's inability to stand up to the man tortures the reader as much as it tortures Peter. "'How could the man hurt his baby girl, his beautiful baby girl?' Peter kept thinking. He was stunned and unable to move. 'It's my fault! My responsibility! Please, I beg you, please hit me!' Peter wanted so desperately to say. But he could do nothing." The reader shares Peter's sense of helplessness as the tragic events unfold following Peter's inability to act. The other main characters in the book - Catherine, the daughter of a wealthy Korean businessman, Helen, the compassionate prostitute, and Gracie, the endearing stewardess - similarly cross critical waypoints in their respective lives. They differ in their decisions to either take action or be life's bystanders. A fairy tale version of this book may have tried to drill home the notion that taking action always leads to better results. This book doesn't. Rather it seems to suggest that tragedy can unwittingly visit or spare both those who take initiative as well as those who sit idly by. But those who take life into their own hands typically won't regret, so long as their actions are true to their beliefs. War With Pigeons is a truly phenomenal work from a talented writer whose prose seductively engages and ultimately captures its readers. Heart-churning, if not heart-wrenching, this book is highly, highly recommended.
saddyAL More than 1 year ago
The subject matter of room salons, which is referenced on the inside cover of the book, originally put me off. For those of you who are unfamiliar with room salons, they're hostess bars where Korean women serve drinks and are generally not highly regarded. Notwithstanding the references to room salons (which the author probably cites to drive sales), the book focuses more on two endearing love stories - rather tragic, but endearing nonetheless. The main female characters of the novel, with the exception of Gracie, are all strong personalities. Catherine, who is Simon's love interest and the daughter of a wealthy Korean family, is not your typical soft-spoken, twig of a character that has come to fill the stereotype of Asian-American women. The same is true for Helen, a hostess at a room salon as well as a prostitute, who takes more action into her own hands (no pun intended) than most of the other characters. What perhaps surprised me the most, however, was how I liked Gracie's character best. I was the last person to think that I'd be drawn to the kind-hearted, unassuming, countryside Korean girl. I loved what Tae Kim has done with the characters and I loved the book - the description of room salons notwithstanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love and loss are inescapably a part of everyone's life. Tae Kim's debut novel War With Pigeons plays upon these universal themes in a manner that's engaging and unique to read. It's a bit difficult to determine who, as between Simon and Peter, is the main character of the novel. If it is Simon, as the book jacket indicates, readers may be unsettled by the fact that Simon is already dead by the time they are introduced to him. The author uses the convention of secret journals to allow Simon's story to be told in a rather personal, almost lyrical manner. There are moments in the book when Simon's entries are rather dark, focusing on themes of suicide and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, for instance. But there is this underlying thread of hope that runs throughout the book which grabs the reader and seemingly reels him in. Whether the author ultimately decides to cut that thread I won't say. I'll leave that for the reader to discover. A suspenseful and thrilling love story that alternates between warming your heart and wrenching your gut. Highly recommended.