Whatever your political strength, the suffering of the people in North Korea is a travesty. Barbara Demick puts a face on it.
Barbara Deming does a masterful job of weaving the stories of defectors from N
Korea into a vivid narrative that gives a very personal view of ordinary lives endured under the most inhuman regime on earth.
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 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.