Rachel Cotterill's Reviews > Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
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Jan 10, 12

bookshelves: read-in-2012, non-fiction
Read from January 05 to 10, 2012

An utterly compelling read, this is the story of ordinary people in the most extraordinary circumstances. Demick's study takes in the stories of a number of different people with very different lives, yet united by having eventually escaped the oppressive regime. But they all know others - often family members - who have fared less well. I hope that North Korea might open up in my lifetime, but for now, this is the closest I'm likely to get to a visit.

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