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Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
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Aug 29, 2012

it was amazing
Read in August, 2012

If you want a glimpse of real life in such an unreal nightmare of a country, can't think of a better book. It reminds Our Man of John Hersey's Hiroshima (who was a teacher of Demick's apparently) in that it weaves the stories of real people together to form a picture of a bigger reality -- the daily horrors of the North Korean regime.

Since the book tells the tales of defectors, you know the outcome - that they make it, but still you just have to turn the pages to find out what happens to these people and those they have to leave behind. And then you are left with a greater understanding of the horrors that continue to be inflicted on a nation of people who deserve better.
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