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Nothing to Envy

Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Demick, Barbara (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, a chaotic period that saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population, illustrating what it means to live under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.
Authors: Demick, Barbara
Title: Nothing to envy
ordinary lives in North Korea
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xii, 314 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Barbara Demick
Summary: Follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, a chaotic period that saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population, illustrating what it means to live under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.
ISBN: 9780385523905
0385523904
Branch Call Number: 306.095193 D378n 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [299]-314)
Subject Headings: Koreans Korea (North) Social conditions 21st century Case studies Koreans Korea (North) Economic conditions 21st century Case studies Korea (North) Social conditions 21st century Korea (North) Economic conditions 21st century
Topical Term: Koreans
Koreans
LCCN: 2009022420
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Mar 29, 2014
  • prindledj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fantastic book. It really opens your eyes about the tragedy occurring in North Korea through in-depth interviews with compelling "everyman" subjects. I would recommend this to anyone who has a heart for global issues... the country is so isolated and so often overlooked.

Mar 13, 2014
  • 671books rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this book was great. Anyone who has any interest in North Korea ought to give this book a read.

My full review is here: http://www.671books.net/non-fiction/nothing-to-envy/

Mar 05, 2014
  • petal64 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It's a very good read. I'm the slowest reader and I flew through it.
I found myself connecting with the people that Barbara wrote about. It was a real page turner and could not put the book down, hoping that they were not caught and able to get out of North Korea. So sad and upsetting to know that people are prisoners within the country, unable to feed and clothe themselves, access medical care or earn a living.
I was happily surprised to read that South Korea go above and beyond helping defectors from the North.
Thank you David Sedaris for the book recommendation.

Mar 03, 2014
  • Madreley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I would recommned this book for reading if you would like to get a sense of what life is like in North Korea. Basically they have no life they must do what the govt tells them or face harsh punishment. Sadly at the presence that is what this country is headed toward. What is really interesting about the book and interviews is the realization from NK people when they finally see that they have been lied to and mislead by the gov't their entire lives.

Nov 05, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This picture of North Korea is told through a focus on the stories of six defectors to South Korea (the only choice the author had given the closed nature of North Korean society) which may have skewed the picture somewhat of this feudal, repressive society. Nevertheless, the book provides some insight into North Korea and details the impact that the fall of Communism had on North Korea and other countries in terms of famine and other deprivations.

Feb 28, 2013
  • Aggie3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A well written book. It is an eye opener to the lives of people in the most guarded and secretive government. It is hard to put down, well written and researched book. Well worth reading.

Sep 24, 2012
  • FabLibraryAssistant rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An incredibly compelling, well-researched account of life in North Korea. Barbara Demick's book reads like a novel with passages of strong description and intimate narratives, making it an easy-to-devour book filled with all the interesting facts and nerdy information you'd expect from a good non-fiction read. I had almost no back-ground knowledge on North Korea's history or politics but this book provides everything you need to know to keep up and follow along.

Compelling, shocking and unbearably sad book about the incredible hardships the north Koreans endure. Heart wrenching and enlightening. As difficult as it may be to read we need to inform ourselves and have some understanding of what these poor people have endured.

Jul 22, 2012
  • rstolzster rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An insightful book filled with compelling stories of survival and suffering. I especially appreciated the combination of memoir, history and journalistic detachment. An important view into the mysterious hermit authoritarian regime in North Korea.

Apr 03, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book takes us into the lives of 6 North Koreans during the great famine of the 90's. This is something that everyone could benefit from reading; if only to be made more grateful for the lives we have. The book is inspiring and shocking.

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