In a mountain village in Korea, 1950, the memory of the Japanese occupation has just begun to fade when the farmers hear that the World Army, led by the great American General “Megado” has landed at Inchon.
Much of Korea’s coming encounter with modernisation is presaged in the novel’s pages, which are set during the Korean War. The children, who previously waged only fist-fights with the gang from the neighbouring village, escalate their warfare using weapons salvaged from the UN forces’ scrapheap, while the authority of the village elder is completely overturned by the previously subservient widow turned feisty tart.
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