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English Toss on Planet Andong/Franklin, Dave/Paper/0958006121/S026-D
Baby Ice Dog Press
English Toss on Planet Andong is a biting black comedy that centres on a wildly dysfunctional teaching community. A heartbroken Aussie tries to make a new life teaching English in South Korea, constantly thwarted by his students, flatmates, fellow expats and culture shock.
Every year, thousands of people travel to faraway lands to teach English as a foreign language. The fools. One such expat is Paul Taylor, a heartbroken Aussie looking for a fresh start in a South Korean classroom. The lack of training isn't much of a help, but it's the baffling natives and unhinged flatmates that really start to convince him he's crash-landed in another galaxy.
And on Planet Andong, no one can hear you scream.
'Startlingly different.' - Australian Crime Fiction.
'The author has an excellent ear for dialogue, and some of his set pieces are laugh-out-loud funny... Dave Franklin probably won’t be the last author to offer his take on Korean life – he might just be the most caustic and honest though.' - Groove magazine.
'The plot meanders at first, pouring on EFL-in-Korea cliches to set the scene. Once it gets moving, however, it is both varied and deceptively simple... the writing has pace, and is hilarious in places... An expose on Korean culture and EFL teaching this book is not. But as a simple black comedy, English Toss is worth reading.' - The Korea Herald.