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on 6 October 2005
If you want a first-hand account (albeit pieced together with the help of a journalist) of life growing up in one of the world's last and evidently most paranoid totalitarian states, this book evokes the daily grinding hardships of hunger and fear through the eyes of a child. Interspersed with accounts of how the rest of his family and friends deal with the worsening food crises of the late 1990s, it build a picture of a society ground down in the face of the relentless, irrational demands of juche (self-sufficiency). Although the boy makes good his escape from North Korea, the overwhelming misery of a wasted childhood hangs long after.
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