Rebecca Huston's Reviews > Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
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Oct 16, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 21st-century, 20th-century, korea, non-fiction, 12-for-2012-challenge, 2012-overall-book-challenge
Read from February 12 to 14, 2012 — I own a copy

Very disturbing to read, this book just might change your mind about what a true dictatorship is. Many complain that America is poverty ridden (it is) and repressive but compared to North Korea, we're living in fat city. These chilling narratives of those who have managed to escape the brutal regime of King Jong-il should find themselves questioning as to why the world has let such suffering to go on, and I hope, make you think a little. Five stars overall, but the overly-sensitive might find it too disturbing to read. Five stars overall.

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02/14/2012 page 174
55.0% "A chilling account of life in North Korea. For anyone who thinks that we have it bad in America -- read this. You'll be kissing the ground in gratitude afterwards." 11 comments
02/14/2012 page 314
100.0% "Absolutely chilling. Longer review coming soon."
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