No. I certainly agree that North Korea is a terrible and oppressive regime, but it cannot have been accurately portrayed in this depressing story.
Several narrators, and they were good at their jobs.
Depression. I'm sure life in North Korea is bad, but this is not an accurate depiction; it's a horror story. The author gives an "Afterward" in which he pompously talks about how his fiction depicts (his thoughts about) what life is really like. I don't buy it. His imaginary scenes of torture and masochism are his own fantasy. I'm glad he had fun, but only a few readers are likely to share his pleasures. (Together with those whose hatred for North Korea leads them to take pleasure in this kind of fairy tale.)
Not really -- certainly not as worthwhile as a regular PDJames book.
No. Same answer.
The story is not as bad as the negative reviews claim that it is. It's not great James, but it's not terrible.
However, Landor has a very annoying habit of giving a tiny gasp in almost every paragraph, and in literally EVERY paragraph that is a quotation from a character in the novel. This mannerism isn't noticeable at first, but starts to grate after a while. It's as if the only way she can think of making a statement sound important is to give a little at the end of the sentence. Arghh.
sure -- Bryson is good fun.
It's ok. He gives a sort of dorky, American perspective to it.
I had actually hoped for a more modern perspective on Britain, so I was somewhat disappointed. But it was good fun, aside from that problem.
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