Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy is a remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw... show more
A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy is a remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape most of us have never before seen, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today—an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, and where displays of affection are punished; a police state where informants are rewarded and where an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. Demick takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors. Through meticulous and sensitive reporting, we see her six subjects—average North Korean citizens—fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we experience the moments when they realize that their government has betrayed them. Nothing to Envy is a groundbreaking addition to the literature of totalitarianism and an eye-opening look at a closed world that is of increasing global importance.
Publish date: December 29th 2009
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Pages no: 314
Edition language: English
W Korei Północnej dzieci od najmłodszych lat uczą się pieśni pochwalnej, w której - między innymi - padają słowa: "Światu nie mamy czego zazdrościć". Myślę, że zarówno każdy komu udało się uciec z Korei Północnej, jak i każdy z nas z łatwością widzi jak wiele w owym haśle jest propagandy. Dobrze, ż...
Excellent book, but engenders a feeling of great sadness that people are forced to live a life of constant fear, at the mercy of a brutal regime.
DNF at 55%It is a good book if you want to have an insight into a sick political system. That's unique in many ways. It's well written and the author knows the topic from the insider view. I've never been a non-fiction reader, and the fact that I came so far speaks actually for the book. My mistake ...
The hardships of living in a once modern country that no longer has enough reliable electricity to cool its citizen’s home refrigerators or run the now defunct factories where they used to work are more than I could have imagined and heart-rending, but there is at least one advantage. When the sun s...
This was a harrowing read; how could it not be, being about North Korea? But at the same time it was excellent and a book that everyone should read, if they have the chance. When I started it I wasn’t sure what to expect, I mean I’m a bit of a character junkie and I didn’t know how well the people i...