how it detailed the lives of everyday people living in the worst area ( the North) and worst time ( 90's) a time period and geographical region the DPRK would rather keep in the dark from the rest of the world. This is a rare insight and an extremely detailed one at that. The stories of the individuals leave nothing out. If you are bored by minute details this book is not for you. If you like me are fascinated by everyday life you will love this.
how it detailed the 90's famine did not gloss over it like other books, got down to the nitty gritty of what it is like to fight constant food shortages and hunger over years. does not merely mention that hundreds of thousands of people starved, goes into detail about what it did to these individuals bodies, minds and spirits, something us 1st world people really need to be hit over the head with
Sometimes I got a little confused as to who was who
when a woman's estranged adult son comes home and dies because she cannot feed him.
I would potentially listen to it agian, in order to capture moments I might have missed the first time. I think more than anything it encourages the reader to seek out more stories of people's lives in North Korea and those who defected out of North Korea.
I kept being reminded of a collection of poetry, Flowers from Hell by Nguyen Chi Thien. Who wrote his poems while in a Vietnamese labor camp.
It can easily be broken up into pieces.
Great narration. The book is presented in a way that is fascinating and interesting. well researched. It gave me a new perspective on North Korea
This is a great book.
Enjoyed the narration. I do not agree with others that criticized her reading.
The book starts out slow but stick with it. The author does an impressive hob in weaving together the stories of those who grew up in N.Korea and defected. Well worth the time!
The author's style of writing makes this book a very enjoyable read. She tied together the stories of several North Koreans along with a history of the country.
We all know governments can do good or make life worse. This book is the definitive proof that: 1) governments can make life infinitely worse, 2) power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, 3) communism eventually just kills a lot of the people it is supposed to be helping, 4) the pursuit of freedom is a stronger force than a dictator for those who will not accept being a slave to the state, and 5) when the chips are down, your family is your greatest strength. An amazing story of small triumphs and huge tragedy. Very sad. It does not reflect well on China. It shows that China continues to have no regard for people, only the state/CPC.