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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
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North Korea is Orwell's 1984 made reality: it is the only country in the world not connected to the internet; Gone with the Wind is a dangerous, banned book; during political rallies, spies study your expression to check your sincerity. After the death of the country's great leader Kim Il Sung in... show more
North Korea is Orwell's 1984 made reality: it is the only country in the world not connected to the internet; Gone with the Wind is a dangerous, banned book; during political rallies, spies study your expression to check your sincerity. After the death of the country's great leader Kim Il Sung in 1994, famine descended, and Nothing to Envy - winner of the 2010 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction - weaves together the stories of adversity and resilience of six residents of Chongin, North Korea's third-largest city. From extensive interviews and with tenacious investigative work, Barbara Demick has recreated the concerns, culture and lifestyles of North Korean citizens in a gripping narrative, and vividly reconstructed the inner workings of this extraordinary and secretive country.
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B003V4ASV8
Publisher: Granta Books
Pages no: 340
Edition language: English
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Lenaribka
Lenaribka rated it
0.0 Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
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 ...
Reflections
Reflections rated it
5.0 Fascinating and heart-rending--Ordinary Lives in North Korea
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...
Hol
Hol rated it
4.5 Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
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...
DubaiReader
DubaiReader rated it
5.0 What an Eye-opener!
How have I been so naiive about what has been happening in North Korea all this time? Well, I'm so glad I downloaded this audiobook, because now I am very much more aware of events in this culturally isolated country. The opening statement, that Google Earth shows the country as nothing but darkness...
Lazy girl who reads
Lazy girl who reads rated it
5.0 Top 10 books of 2013 (not in order)
1: Ready player one: I thougt this book was awsome, I fell in love with the charecters, the futurestic setting was perfect. And Im really looking forward to read Armada (oct 2014) by same author. 2: Wonder: this was such a sweet heartwarming story. I really loved how August developed through the ...
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