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Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
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Apr 28, 2011

really liked it

With Kim Jong-Il the punchline to many a joke, it's been easy to forget (or perhaps never really have acknowledged) that under him are millions of people who live in poverty, fear and oppression. The book is excellent, it presents a human face to one of the 'axis of evil' countries and gives a startling insight into what life in a real life '1984' would be like. It also makes you realise just how brave and driven the defectors are; to question the indoctrination and then to risk everything to make it out of there alive.

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John I like your 1984 analogy. A very moving book, told in a matter of fact manner, but, at times, I I had to stop reading for a few minutes to regain my composure,

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