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Needs to be read in an informed manner - reader beware!
on 14 August 2015
Even though I liked this book, and it was pretty much as I expected, I would say it needs to be read in conjunction with other books/watched with documentaries and films etc. to gain the whole picture. If read on its own, you would risk to gain a very distorted and unrealistic, somewhat 'soft' version of the reality. This maybe, because of the authors literally 'diplomatic' language, but the impression one would gain from reading this book would be that North Korea is quite a country like any other, even if slightly awkward to live in, sometimes. I am aware that the author was adamant to illustrate that North Koreans are people like any other and not brainwashed automatons, as perhaps perceived. But I did find, that his efforts to illustrate this by portraying their lives like anywhere in the world 'going about their business' simply does not work, because the regime perpetrates every aspect of their lives, and as a result their's is just not like any other's nation in the world. Still, I enjoyed the book.