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Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea Paperback – 8 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Publications Ltd (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184708141X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847081414
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (687 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'These stories, very effectively told here in all their human detail, are immensely touching' --Daily Mail<br \><br \>'This remarkable book confirms our fears but does much more ... Barbara Demick is a reporter of impressive tenacity and thoroughness' --The Times<br \><br \>`This compelling book is a worthy winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson prize' --Guardian<br \><br \>`I've never read anything quite like it ... Demick has unearthed some heartbreaking human stories' --Evening Standard

'This book reads with the emotional intensity of fiction, yet it rigorously trails the realities of ordinary people'
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'Her prize-winning book - updated after the succession to power of the young dictator, Kim Jong-Un - tells the harrowing stories of six people and their sufferings in Chongjin. A must read' --Paperback review, Daily Mail

About the Author

Barbara Demick has worked as a staff reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, covering Wall Street and the presidential elections, among other assignments. Her coverage of the war in Sarajevo won the George Polk Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. She is now a foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, where she has reported from the Middle East and South Korea. She is currently based in Beijing.


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Amazing book. This is probably the first book that shone the light on how North Koreans live, what they go and have gone through. And also, makes you more appreciative of things we have thanks to living in developed countries. It also makes you more appreciative of basic things you get, that sometimes we take for granted.
I found it fascinating the extent that North Koreans went to survive in the conditions that they were put in against their will...

I never knew the intricacies of the relationship between South Korea and North Korea... It is really sad but at the same time a beautiful story, that leaves you hoping for the best for the life of North Koreans...
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A haunting and highly personal account from six North Korean defectors. It has been a while since I found a book so compelling I struggled to put it down. We think we can imagine a little of what life must be like for North Koreans by taking our own woes, worries, and limitations, then magnifying them several decimal places. But the North Korea explored in this book is a flipped-upside down barely-reality that resembles nothing of western society. Pragmatism is seconded to patriotism. Free-thinking is dangerous for both body and soul. Indifference - during the 1990's famine - is THE survival mechanism.
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This is an amazing book on the lives of 6 different defectors. It's a a great insight into the lives of people that we know so little of their everyday life.

It is a very easy to read account of the lives of individuals who struggled due to a terrible famine which hit that country in the mid 1990s, and how those individuals fought to survive while many around them were dying of starvation.

It's a book that sucks you in and you'll find it very hard to put it down. At times you will be driven nearly to tears, it's one of the most powerful books I've ever read. Even if you've never read an article, let alone a book, on North Korea this is a must read.
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If you are interested in the life of North Korea, this is the first book you have to read. It follows the lives of a few people who have fled the country and gives a real insight of the day to day life in North Korea from the past couple of decades.
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Told through the lives of a varied set of defectors who now live in South Korea. The accounts bring the reality of life if this repressive regime into stark focus.
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I love how this book was written, by intertwining the different stories of North Korean men, women and families and how it works in order through the years. This is a must read, it is so interesting to get a real insight into North Korea when so little is heard about it.
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one of the best books i have ever read
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Only a few pages in - absolutely riveting. Full of facts, exactly what I wanted. First rate.
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