Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

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Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years--a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today--an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. Demick takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting, we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them.



Title : Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
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ISBN : 0385523904
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 294 pages


Reviews


Shirley rated it ★★★★★

December 29, 2011

An amazing, unforgettable book about North Korea. Barbara Demick explores the most closed-off society in the world through the stories of six "ordinary" North Koreans who defect to South Korea beginning in the late 1990s. Through their stories, Demick covers a bit of everything (the pathological...


Will rated it ★★★★★

August 31, 2016

One thread of this riveting National Book Award finalist is a love story. Mi-san is an attractive girl from a family that does not have the right stuff, history-wise, her father having fought for South Korea in the war. They are considered “impure” by the North Korean government and society as a...


Stuart rated it ★★★★★

December 19, 2010

There are few books like this written today: concise, well-researched, plainly yet effectively written, and free of hyperbole. This book is a very personal account of six lives in the failed state of North Korea. The level of deprivation and humiliation these people endure is heartbreaking. The b...


Shivesh rated it ★★★★★

October 05, 2010

A physician, possessing numerous years of education and selfless service to her people, comes upon a isolated farm in a dark field at twilight. The doctor is starving, malnourished and ravenous. She seeks crumbs, maybe a scrap of corn to eat. Slowly, she makes her way into a barn, musty with the...


David rated it ★★★★☆

August 03, 2011

In the aftermath of the Korean war my mother's brother left an enigmatic note on his pillow before stepping out for school. He never returned and the family lamented his apparent suicide. A half century later a list of names is published in Koreas' national paper. Part of the warming relations be...


Maede rated it ★★★★★

March 11, 2017

یک کتاب از هر کشور: ۱.کره شمالی ترجمه شده به نام "افسوس نمی خوریم" نشر تندیس اگر فکر می کنید کتاب ۱۹۸۴ جورج اورول خیلی تخیلی و دور از ذهن نوشته شده اگر فکر می کنید که جای بدی به دنیا اومدید اگر فکر می کنید که مردم کره شمالی ربات های راضی ای هستند که در عکس ها می بینید و اگر از قحطی و فاجعه ای که به با...


Stephanie rated it ★★★★★

February 26, 2012

This book was simultaneously a page-turner and hard as hell to read. I had trouble falling asleep last night because of it, and when I did I had some unsettling nightmares. This isn't a book I can read, write an "oh that's nice, that definitely added to my life" type of review and go about my day...


Iris P rated it ★★★★★

August 12, 2017

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea Barbara Demick is an American author and journalist "Our father, we have nothing to envy in the world. Our house is within the embrace of the Workers’ Party. We are all brothers and sisters. Even if a sea of fire comes toward us, sweet children do not...


Maciek rated it ★★★★★

August 12, 2016

On December seventeenth in 2011, Kim Jong-il has died. Known to the world as the supreme leader of the world's most closed society, the "hermit kingdom" which encompasses the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, he has received the posthumous titles of the Eternal General Secretary of the Worke...


Lilo rated it ★★★★★

November 25, 2014

This book is a must read — an absolute MUST READ! It is inexcusable not to be informed about what has been going on in North Korea. What we hear on the news is just simply not enough. There are great reviews of this book on Goodreads. So I won’t elaborate about the contents of this book. What I w...





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