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David tz
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Book Description

When David tz found himself divorced from his Korean wife and jobless, he decided he was done with Seoul and South Korea. However, his downward spiral into booze left him in debt and owing $10,000 in fines to the Korean Government. When he tried to leave the country, he had to pay his fines or else...

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  • File Size: 5547 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: tz MEDIA; First Edition edition (July 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read! August 3, 2013
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David has a true story to tell about the inner working of an otherwise successful Canadian individual who faced unknown challenges
surviving in a foreign country. We may live in a globalized world but the guts and resolve it takes to actually leave your country and start a new life is not always so easy and in most cases impossible. This is a chilling reminder of the challenges any immigrant to any country may face. This book is a testament to the psychological toughness that individualism develops within the western world. David took the leap of faith into the unknown and made it back.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the movie: "Orient Express II" July 11, 2013
This would be the 21st century version of the shocking "Orient Express", except there are a few minor changes:

- No planted drugs here. The author chose to go to jail rather than pay fines which he agrees were deserving. Apparently the Koreans are so stubborn, they expect people to pay their fines before fleeing the country (weird, huh?)
- No sodomy here. Instead there was a flat screen TV in every cell (with only one channel! The sadists)
- Instead of physical aggression the punishment for insubordination (which apparently the author did quite often) is the occasional explanation of the rules, in English. Sometimes, the cruel guards pretended not to understand Korean, the native tongue of the country. Oh, sorry - that was the author pretending not to understand the main language of the country he lived in for 10 years
- Total prison time was a few weeks, where after 10 days the author refused to leave because they wouldn't give him a free ticket to the destination of his choice (the bastards!). However, keep in mind there was K-pop in the radio, constantly, so a few weeks here should be like a few years in a Turkish prison
- The meals are not at all like the meals NASA gives to their astronauts (how cruel can you get?)

The rest of the story reads like something you would tell a friend over a beer ("you know I was once 2 weeks in jail...") except it's supposed to have a moral: apparently Koreans are stupid and illogical, racists that do not serve western food (so backward!). Really! He's not racist, he's just giving you the facts.

Oh, and the twist: First the stupid, illogical Koreans were about to put him on a flight to his home country, Canada. How stupid are they? It's such an expensive ticket. It was worth being deported, I tell you.
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