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review 2015-11-25 21:26
Fascinating glimpse into North Korea
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite - Suki Kim

Suki Kim has given us a fascinating glimpse into North Korea, a North Korea that few have seen.  Even though her own glimpses into the area were very limited, you can get a very good sense of the lack of freedom or privacy and the extreme feeling of imprisonment and claustrophobia that comprises the life of its citizens.  It’s like reading a very well written apocalypse novel, only this isn’t fiction – this is all too chillingly true.

 

The author has always been obsessed with North Korea and takes a job at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology where the young students are all sons of the elite with the secret intention of writing about her stay there.  What’s so shocking about this university, besides the guards and "minders" who are constantly watching everyone, is the lack of technological knowledge these students of technology have as all they know is what the dictatorship had told them.  When she first starts teaching them, they know nothing of the internet but only have knowledge of the intranet that their government has given them, where only propaganda has been downloaded.  It’s a country of lies and deception and the inhabitants are almost completely shut off from the outside world.  The author’s hands are strictly tied as to what she can and cannot teach her students and she longs to open the world to them but is unable to.  She’s also faced with the fear that she may endanger her students by giving them information that would make them unsatisfied with the stilted life they’re leading.

 

I found the book to be a fascinating one and felt that Ms. Kim did an excellent job in relaying her emotions and observations during her stay in North Korea.  She is a brave soul to have put herself at such risk in order to try to get information to share with the world.

 

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text 2015-11-04 12:31
Pozdrowienia z Korei. Uczyłam dzieci północnokoreańskich elit - Suki Kim,Agnieszka Sobolewska

Życie pod ciągłą obserwacją, kontrola wypowiedzi, ograniczenie swobody poruszania się nawet na terenie kampusu uniwersyteckiego, dyktowanie ścisłych reguł w każdym aspekcie życia – z tym wszystkim musiała zmierzyć się Suki Kim, kiedy na własne życzenie wyjechała do Korei Północnej.
Więcej tu: https://lolantaczyta.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/pozdrowienia-z-korei-uczylam-dzieci-polnocnokoreanskich-elit-suki-kim/

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review 2015-08-29 20:36
Pozdrowienia z Korei. Uczyłam dzieci północnokoreańskich elit - Suki Kim,Agnieszka Sobolewska

"W Pjongjangu żyje się jak w akwarium. Wszystko, co mówisz i robisz, będzie obserwowane" - to jedno zdanie idealnie obrazuje życie w Korei Północnej.

 

Gdyby było można przyznać 9 gwiazdek to też bym dał max

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text 2015-06-03 07:37
Nowości - czerwiec 2015

 

Po majowym wysypie nowości nadchodzi czerwiec z początkiem sezonu ogórkowego. Ciekawych premier jakby mniej, ale i tak można znaleźć kilka intrygujących pozycji, w sam raz na pierwsze wakacyjno-urlopowe wyprawy. W tym zacnym gronie m.in. nowy Pilch oraz György Spiró, jak również pikantne ciekawostki dawnego Hollywood oraz Cesaria Evora i jej niesamowite życie.

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review 2015-04-10 20:23
Without You There Is No Us/Suki Kim
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite - Suki Kim

This description of the author’s time in North Korea allows us to enter a world we know little about. While there are some details I want to know more about, she includes a lot of interesting small details. She talks enough about herself to want me knowing more but not to satisfy me.

I'm entirely fascinated by North Korea. It's a location very few people are lucky enough to enter, and I was extremely jealous of Suki. However, this book is hard to read as memoir. At times it feels like there’s either too much or not enough detail about the author herself. We hear a lot about her love life and how she feels lonely, but we don’t get specific details about how she had recently broken off an engagement or about how she got to know the person she’s rekindling a flame with. I'd want her to either cut all of her personal life out or make it relevant and work it in.is is a very real look at a lifestyle very few others can imagine. As it stands, this book is about Suki and about North Korea whereas it would be much easier to read if these details intertwined.

There are many details that lend this book a feeling of reality, small things like these are juicy, but these details are all that really keeps the book moving. Some details that are thrown in could be expanded more. I think it'd be more interesting to interview the author to really get a sense of what each reader individually would be interested in.

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