S. Park

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (84 of 92)
Location: Seoul
In My Own Words:
committed to: literature, classical music, good food, travelling, foreign languages, photography, freedom of movement, blurring of identities and multiple allegiances :)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,459,486 - Total Helpful Votes: 84 of 92
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal
71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
I can't remember when the Economist last urged readers to "buy two copies" of a book, before this came along. I would recommend the same. The book starts out as a personal quest, a family history, and seamlessly incorporates the social, cultural and political history of 19th-century Paris and 20th-century Vienna, plus some deep thoughts on art and objects, the act of owning and losing, leaving and remembering. Sometimes people who don't write for a living outwrite all the other professionals, and Mr de Waal is one of them. Luminous, condensed, thoughtful prose. Wonderful!

The cover wasn't very enticing but it is nicely bound - it looks and feels better than the jpg image… Read more
As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann
As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
How come there are so few reviews of this book? I rushed to buy this after reading a glowing review of it in the Economist, and it has indeed lived up to all my expectations. Yes, the history is finely done - McCann describes 16th-century England extraordinarily well, in a flowing language that judiciously blends in archaic words, all the way down to the "dirt and grime." But McCann impresses most with what surely is a novelist's most difficult task - anchoring the timeless (and, in some writers' hands, easily threadbare) theme of love firmly enough to convince. Her story of homosexual love between a felon and an idealist in war-torn England reverberates with those universal moments -… Read more