Eating Kimchi and Nodding Politely by Alex Clermont

* I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.




Publisher: Alex Clermont
November 2012
75 pages


 Imagine leaving behind everybody and everything familiar to live in a foreign country where you don't speak the language and don't know a soul. Worst yet, you look different from everybody there. People find your cultural norms insulting, and you can't get a date to save your life.

Imagine you wrote a book about your time there...

Eating Kimchi and Nodding Politely is a collection of snapshots that cover the two years that Alex Clermont lived in the country of South Korea as an English teacher. Scribed with a flair for humor, emotion, character and depth, these introspective narratives do more than act as a travel guide. They are creatively written windows into the life of of someone discovering new things about himself, the world, and the people who he shares it with-all while stuffing his mouth with kimchi. 

My Review:

A wry series of vignette's of the author's time in South Korea- I learned about a country I didn't know much about and chuckled at some of the author's experiences.It was a quick, enjoyable read. I'm giving it:


 for a fine debut

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  1. Thanks for the prompt review Lisa! I'm glad you found something in the book to keep you entertained. :)


  2. I may have to check this book out. After living 3 years in South Korea it's fun seeing what other foreigners thought of their time there.

    1. Hope you enjoy it, if you do read it.

  3. I enjoyed your review. Now I need to pick up the book.

  4. Sounds entertaining! I read not too long ago a series of a girl from South Korea:) Thanks for sharing.

    Florentine @ Readiculously Peachy


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