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Eyes of the Tailless Animals: Prison Memoirs of a North Korean Women Paperback – 1 Jan 1999

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Living Sacrifice Book Co (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882643355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882643359
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must for everyone to read, it opens up a world that most of us would never have belived existed. How such a barbaric treatment of humans can go on amazes me, and it still goes on. She was subjected to torture that we cannot comprehend for a crime she did not commit, soon ok lee was hung by her wrists and beaten until she fell unconscious and awoke to find maggots crawling on her (and this is by far not the worst punishment) please read the book and then go to [...] where soon ok lee is trying to bring a voice to people from the prisons in North Korea and make the authorites end this tyranic, babrbaric behaviour, please lend other victims your voice
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Sun Ok Yi's true tale, is of the abysmal mistreatment, she and many others receive from the North Korean Govenrment. It is a slim publication, but takes a long while to read, because it is so painful to comprehend, that it can only be tackled in short segments.
The book, complete with hand drawings, details the utter inhumanity of this communist regime. Sun Ok Yi is a made a prisoner, without trial and subjected to unimaginable torture; she is only one of many. North Korean Prison camps work on the principle of intimidation, degradation and a psychological and physical wearing down.
Work is from 5am until midnight to meet unattainable quotas. It is boring and dangerous. Punishments are barbaric and often lethal. These include beatings, and solitary confinemnt in sub zero temperatures, frequently leaving the sufferer unable to walk. Pregnant prisoners, are forced to terminate, or if too late in the term, to watch their newborns killed.
Once you've read this book, you will never see the world in the same light again. I urge anyone with any concern for human rights, to read this and to act for justice.
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Soon Ok Lee's account of life in North Korea's gulag is a harrowing and disturbing one. Her writing isn't as good as Kang Chol-Hwan's in 'The Aquariums of Pyongyang' but is a good accompaniment for that book. My major concern with this book was the publishing. It's published by a Christian publishing group called Living Sacrifice. I has a little upset by what I perceived to be a hijacking of suffering by a Christian group for it's own Christian agenda. North Korea has the world's worst human rights record. Dissenters of the regime are punished, children are punished, the lower classes are punished, religious groups are punished and everyone is punished for small, draconian, Orwellian "crimes". Although I wont argue that Christian's and religious groups have it particularly bad, to view this book as an attack on North Korea's intolerance of religion is wrong - the picture is far broader than that. The biggest victims of Kim Jong-Il's regime aren't North Korean Christians, the victims are all of North Korean people. The suffering is widespread and shouldn't be focused on one group lest we forget the wider context. Less than 2% of North Korea's population are thought to be Christian (sure enough this is so low due to the lack of freedom of religion) whereas 99% of the population are suffering. Don't take the advice of the above review of visiting Christian Solidarity Worldwide to help the plight of North Koreans, you would be far better with Amnesty International, Link Global or writing to you local MP to find out what they are doing about North Korean human rights. Soon herself became a Christian after she defected and discovered Christianity.Read more ›
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Well worth the read. This is a replacement for my original which I passed on to someone else. After a discussion this past week I purchased this copy for my friends to read. Many are being persecuted for their faith in the present times and I think it is important to stay informed. A harrowing account of Soon Ok Lee's experience at the hands of a regime whose human rights record is atrocious. I personally know of others who have also suffered under this same regime.
Stay informed. Be outward looking rather than self focused. Inform yourself of human rights issues in the world and do your part
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This book was an absolutely gripping, eye opening, heart wrenching read on life within one of the most closed nations on earth. Its the kind of book the North Korean regime doesn't want anyone to read.
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