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Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea Paperback – 8 Jul 2010
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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'
'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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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...
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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Fascinating insight into life in North Korea under the Communist dictatorship from some of the people who managed to escape.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written, could not put book down. Can hardly believe people live through this. In this day and age people should not have to suffer or live like this.Published 2 months ago by Denise Irvine
This book lead me from North Korean curious to NK geek. I'd visited the DMZ, read the odd Vice article, poked fun at the Hermit Kingdom a bit, and then read this book. What a saga. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book follows 5 different characters through their memories of living in North Korea and how their lives have altered since their escapes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs C
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