I currently live in Daegu, South Korea and have for some time. I purchased and then (regrettably) read this book thinking that I would be able to relate to the story as I too am a young man who was broke and jobless in his home country before taking a chance on South Korea. After reading a few pages, I realized that I was wrong and felt really bad about spending the money to support this nonsense.
This book is poorly written. The "story" is boring and cliche--basically a young man who is down and out on his luck comes to a foreign country, drinks himself into a stupor everyday, prowls for women, and then wonders why his life is such a mess--and I could have probably turned a blind eye to this had the author done anything to thoughtfully and/or intelligently comment on life in South Korea.
The author was clearly embittered by his time in Daegu, and if his time was spend anything like the way of the book's protagonist, then I'm not surprised as to why. I found it intolerable for the protagonist to constantly accuse Koreans of being "dumb, stupid, morons, racist, etc," especially because the main character himself appears to be all of these things. The protagonist, Alexander, never gives Korean culture a chance, aside from hunting for Korean women, who he continually refers to as "bitches" or "dumb bitches".
I'm not even sure why I finished the book. If anyone is thinking about reading this expecting to learn something about an ESL teacher's life in Korea, please reconsider. This story was so dull and uninformed--in terms of what it is actually like to teach in Korea--that it could have taken place anywhere. There's a much better book called "Dispatches From the Peninsula". Id recommend reading that one instead.
Finally, whoever has the audacity to compare this novel and it's author to writers like Ginsberg, Thompson, Kerouac, etc. should go back and read through those authors again.