Eugene Uttley (not his real name) came to Korea in 2001 to teach. His story starts typically: a graduate student who needed some time off to discover himself and thought a one-year stint in Korea would be good for him. A shady recruiter, a less-than-ideal job in Ulsan, falling in love with a fellow expat and developing an appreciation for Korean culture (especially martial arts) are all part of his story _ all common themes in books by expat teachers _ but not the part that matters in “Way Out: A True Account of Schizophrenia” from Pen-L Publishing.
After his first year, he lost his girlfriend and his savings around the same time. And then he lost touch with reality.
It began with paranoia. In late 2006 he began to feel under constant scrutiny. Not the curious glances of the Korean population but by the government or military or something even more powerful. Robotic birds watched him from the roof and voices in his head spoke to him. “We” was a friendly group of do-gooders that wanted him to join them to fight pollution and other evils. “They” were the dark voices _ possibly associated with North Korea _ that wanted to hurt him.
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