This is my review of Fishnets in the Far East: A Dancer’s Diary in Korea by Michele E. Northwood
Fishnets in the Far East: A Dancer’s Diary in Korea offers an entertaining perspective, albeit shockingly eye-opening, on a dancer’s six-month Korean tour back in 1989. Young, and underprepared for an extremely disparate culture, she embarks on a tumultuous adventure that vastly accelerates her personal development.
The reader will not only be privy to this young woman’s escapades in a strongly male-oriented society, but also to the inner workings of her prefrontal cortex development as she meets the many challenges this trip has in store for her and her two dancing companions!
Meet Korea, 1989—not only the obviously tourism-oriented elegant haunts but also the rat-infested, bug-ridden, down-to-earth commoner’s digs, as well as some of the historical landmarks at that time.
As Michele and her companions find themselves, more often than not, keeping company with the down-to-earth common Koreans, with only occasional jaunts into the posh side of the country, the reader is graced with a more balanced view of Korea and its people in that time period. Beautiful scenery abounds in Korea, and Michele does not leave us hanging here either. Picnics, walks, and even a hair-raising motorbike ride provide the reader with the armchair travel experience of a lifetime. So, pull up that chair, put your feet up, and tour Korea—through a dancer’s eyes!
Note: There are typos, and other grammatical errors in this book; however, that does not detract from the beauty of the tale in any way. I have it from the author, that her book is currently in the hands of an editor, and a new edition will likely follow.