Malin Friess's Reviews > Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
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Apr 24, 2012

it was amazing

North Korea would deny that they have prison camps even though anyone with google maps can see that they exist. In Escape from Camp 14 we hear the remarkable story of Shin the only know person born and raised in this version of hell to have escaped to the West.

We find out that Shin no nothing of civilized life. He hated his mother because when he came home she cried because they shared food. He lived off of kernals, and bugs, and catching rats and baking them over the fire. He once dropped a type-writer and for punishment had his index finger cut off at the knuckle. He was strung from the ceiling by his angles in shackles. He witnessed the execution of his mother and brother Only after he met a political discident did he find the desire and courage to attempt to escape to China..where all he could think about was filling his tummy with white rice.

This book easily 205 page book is easily readable and readily gains 5 stars. Its hard to believe that this human rights horror (200,000 people inprisoned for no crime) still exists and unleashes the catastrophe of communism.

This book will go down in the same comparison of the Diary of Anne Frank, Night of Elie Wiesel, and the movies Schindler's List, the Piano, and A Beautiful Life.
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