- Title: Festival for Three Thousand Maidens
- Author: Richard Wiley
- ISBN: 9780452267633
- Page: 279
- Format: Paperback
Winner of the PEN Faulkner Award for American Fiction, Richard Wiley has written an extraordinary novel about the personal, cultural, and political awakening of a young Peace Corps recruit in Korea Set in the era of Vietnam and riots and assassinations in the U.S Wiley s story reverberates with these events.
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I don't know how many young Americans served in Korea the Peace Corps, as my wife and I did, but I am always surprised at how few books I read that capture the experience of the Peace Corps. As far as I know, this is the only one that really depicts the live and experiences I had as a Peace Corps Volunteer English teacher in a small town a few years after the setting of this story. Reading this book brought back a host of memories, sensations, and that sense of confusion during my first weeks in [...]
Peace Corps/ Korea: a story waiting to be told and he tells it here. There are so many vignettes (the rabbit hunting day, the special English classes with agendas that varied wildly, that sense of bewilderment and trust) which describe my own experience in Korea as a volunteer, a vanished life now. As I read, my wonder unfolded - so well does he evoke the late '60s, our confusion and our hope.
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