Why did I love this book?
This book is a very solid translation of the personal account of the man who was Korea’s prime minister during the Japanese invasion. It provides a fascinating glimpse into the state of Korean society at the time, particularly the factionalism and backbiting that characterized the political scene. One also gets in interesting takes on how the Koreans viewed both the Japanese invaders and their Chinese allies, who often bullied the Koreans they were ostensibly there to help. Finally, it provides a good sense of the style of Korean literati of the age, providing real insight on worldviews, values, and prejudices.