By Jeff Talarigo
Nan A. Talese, 2008. 177 pgs. Fiction
The Ginseng Hunter is set in China just across the border from North Korea and depicts the lonely, difficult, and troubled life of a young man who survives by hunting ginseng roots. Early on in the story Chairman Mao has determined that all the people are to go out and kill sparrows because they are taking too much the seeds and grain. The results are devastating.
The story is interesting and poignant; however, the story is also one of sadness, loss, and survival with little hope.