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1984 it is not, but still a good read
on 11 June 2013
I was attracted by the setting of this book - that is North Korea and the positive book reviews it attracted. In many ways, the author couldn't have gone wrong having picked North Korea as a setting. The book itself, though a bit cliched at times, is an interesting reading. There is a dark comic side to the book which I found particularly endearing. Having said that, in my opinion, comparisons with the likes of Nineteen Eighty Four are rather exaggerated. Yes it is about a dystopian setting and the author does a great job of using metaphors to represent what life might be like in North Korea. However, the narrative is rather flat and predictable at times.
*Potential Spoiler Alert*
In many ways, it would have been good if the book turned out to be "biography" of Commander Ga - The author seemed to be getting at that yet somehow appears to have shied away from making the book as such.
In any case, it is still worthwhile reading and I enjoyed the book.