Nothing to Envy

nothingtoenvyNothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
by Barbara Demick
2013 309 pages
rating 9.5 / nonfiction

North Korea is a bad place / it’s been a bad place for some time now and it’s apparently getting worse. One of only 4 Communist countries left on earth (China, Cuba and Vietnam are the others) the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” is destitute, desolate and pretty much defunct. Ever since Russia and China discontinued their support in the 1980’s and ’90s the country has nose-dived into a completely isolated dictatorship and major blemish of abject poverty.

Escape is virtually impossible, mentally and physically, but there are some very brave and desperate folks who do. This is the story of five survivors from Chongjin who are now living in South Korea, as told to Barbara Demick who wrote a series of award-winning articles for the LA Times which she transformed into this incredible book. >>>>MORE>>>>

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2 Responses to Nothing to Envy

  1. Carmen says:

    It sounds like a book that should be read.

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    • I was on a North Korea kick for awhile. I read this one and The Real North Korea by Andrei Lankov and a fiction – The Orphan Master’s Son. There are still a couple of books I’m interested in. It’s a fascinating country / situation.

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