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The scariest place on earth.' So said President Bill Clinton on his visit to the no-man's land between South and North Korea. The minefields and barbed wire mark the jagged edge of world peace. If the world is to see a nuclear war, Korea is the likely flashpoint. The contrast between the two Koreas - the dynamism of the South confronting the oppression of the North - could not be more stark. Yet, as the author reveals, Koreans from both sides exhibit similarities of thought and perception. Both, for example, believe that to dream of pigs is to wake up rich. Books on South Korea are rare, those on North Korea even rarer. Clive Leatherdale's sharp observations and bitter-sweet experiences offer a valuable insight into a divided land and a divided people. Reviews of To Dream of Pigs: Leatherdale is a seasoned traveller and prolific writer. … Alert and observant of the dying social and mores and customs of a changing Korea. … Several episodes and encounters with the opposite sex are described with breathtaking details and skill. … The book is not only delightful reading but also a valuable and original literary feat. The Journal of Asian Studies. If the title seems curious, many of the observations are well observed and sharply focused. … So many of the comments, about self wealth (kibun), preserved vegetables (kimchi), about taking buses and boats, and so on, are excellent. British Association for Korean Studies. An excellent travelogue of both North and South Korea. Lonely Planet World Guide. Books on South Korea are rare, those on North Korea even rarer. Clive Leatherdale's sharp observations and bitter-sweet experiences offer a valuable insight into a divided line and a divided people. The contrast between the two Koreas - the dynamism of the South confronting the oppression of the North - could not be more stark. Yet, as the author reveals, Koreans from both sides exhibit similarities of thought and perception. Both, for example, believe that to dream of pigs is to wake up rich.

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