Nothing to Envy

Nothing to Envy

Ordinary Lives in North Korea

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Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Audio, p2010
Edition: Unabriged
ISBN: 9781400109845
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: White, Karen (Karen Elizabeth)
Call Number: CD 951.9305 DEM


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Jan 14, 2017

This is a very interesting book on how the reign of a few tyrants can completely destroy a countries people, economy and lifestyle. I think it might make it worse for those that remember what life was before the current regime or those who immigrated into this country, which seems crazy now but was apparently considered a good prospect at one time.
If you have grown up knowing nothing but this type of poverty I imagine it will be difficult to assimilate into a capitalist type society, which the author does address a little at the end of the book with the interviewees and what the South Korean government does to help now.
Not being a stranger to literature and commentary on the difficulties of the people in other communist countries, nor even the plight of this particular country, it did enlighten me in just how controlling the government is here and how hard it is for the average person to live. It made for a compelling read.


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