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Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
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Jun 28, 2011

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Read from June 28 to 30, 2011

An intriguing but highly partial glimpse into North Korea from the perspective of a very small number of defectors. Grab a copy from the library or a friend - this isn't one to spend your own money on.

Most of the narratives focus on North Korea in the '90s rather than more recent developments, and no effort is given to cover the point-of-view of current Workers' Party loyalists. The unfortunate lack of proper editing does little to improve the book, the reader being jostled between characters and time periods without any proper segue.

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