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5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely fascinating, 28 April 2010
I cannot recommend this book enough. Not only is Barbara Demick's prose an engaging style, but the subject-matter is compelling. To coin a cliche, it paints a highly evocative picture of everyone in North Korea enduring a lifestyle like that of the proles in 1984, while subject to a level of control over their lives more akin to that of the members of the Outer Party. In this, North Korea is worse than 1984, for the slogan 'Proles and Animals are free' doesn't apply in North Korea - NO-ONE is free.
If there is any criticism, it is merely that although it was written in 2009, it relates to the events of the 1990s. Screaming away in my mind was a voice asking 'what's it been like since?'