Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea
North Korea is one of the most repressive and secretive states on Earth.Spying is encouraged,the media is government controlled,Gone with the wind is a dangerous,banned book.In the 1990's,famine descended.Millions of people died,but the regime remained in power.Through extensive... show more
North Korea is one of the most repressive and secretive states on Earth.Spying is encouraged,the media is government controlled,Gone with the wind is a dangerous,banned book.In the 1990's,famine descended.Millions of people died,but the regime remained in power.Through extensive interviews,Barbara Demick has created the first portrait of life in this extraordinary country,weaving together the stories of six ordinary citizens in a gripping and vivid account of adversity and survival in the land of 'our dear leader.'
Publish date: July 8th 2010
Publisher: Granta Books
Pages no: 316
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...