This book should actually be called "My hellish life in China", because there's just not very much of North Korea in it. Instead, it describes the nine-year-long, terrible story of the author's journey through China, later Mongolia and South Korea.
It's a very personal story full of struggle and pain. It makes you feel embarrassed to know that at the same time these people were fighting for survival you were complaining about the broccoli on your plate. In comparison to some other accounts of Nort This book should actually be called "My hellish life in China", because there's just not very much of North Korea in it.
In comparison to some other accounts of North Korean deflectors that I've read, this family didn't have the slightest idea about what to expect on the other side of the Tumen river. Not surprisingly, they were horribly naive and made a lot of mistakes. As a result, their flight turned out to be a long, painful experience. Judging the Swedish translation, the writing style was terrible just as much. Lots of grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes. Painful to read at times.
Apr 01, Helena rated it it was ok. The writing in this book is almost unbearable. I persevered and finished it because the story was interesting enough, but the whole book was a string of Eunsun Kim telling us stories, without one moment of her SHOWING us what's actually going on. I can't see her world through her eyes at all.
I can't connect with any of the characters, least of all hers. She chronicles how she feels from the outside without exploring or describing it from the inside, which makes her come across as cold and boring The writing in this book is almost unbearable. She chronicles how she feels from the outside without exploring or describing it from the inside, which makes her come across as cold and boring. In the face of such a dramatic story of triumph, this is quite a feat.
When she talks briefly about her first introduction to South Korean culture and K-pop, she writes, "I will remember forever the first CD I ever bought.
She doesn't detail which album it was, where she bought it, how or where she listened to it, anything! If it was so memorable, isn't it worth sharing with us? At another time, she writes, "My joy was indescribable. How am I supposed to connect with this book?
View 1 comment. Oct 11, Cheryl rated it really liked it Shelves: adult-nonfiction , other-cultures , biography-memoir. As a child, Eunsun Kim lived with her parents and sister in North Korea. In school she was taught that North Korea was a great country—the envy of the world! But gradually, she began to wonder if that could really be true when people around her were fearful and hungry.
Public executions were common. The story of their harrowing journey is detailed in this absorbing book. After one attempt at escape failed, it was only by sheer luck that they were able to make a second, successful attempt to flee to China. Thinking that they would then continue on to freedom, they accepted help from a couple only to find themselves in another impossible situation.
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After nine long years, they were finally able to enter South Korea and gain the freedom they so desperately longed to find. View 2 comments. This is a brave memoir that will cause readers to empathize and perhaps rethink the seriousness of so many of our petty everyday complaints. While the author's simple, conversational style may not make for the most in-depth reading, it is perfectly suited to audio, where you feel as if you are seated across from this person who is telling her incredible story.
Jun 30, Apratim Mukherjee rated it it was amazing. I have read two books on North Korea before out of which one was The girl with seven names written by Hyeonseo Lee another escape story.
http://dealers1.getmyauto.com/dajus-mobile-instagram-tracking.php While Lee's story has been sensationalised,Kim has written straight from the heart. The language is simple and the story telling is good. Each North Korean defector's story is diiferent but the reason they defected is same i. Kim regime.
Its a very good read on those who like reading about North Korea. Its five out of five from me.
Jul 29, Karatepop rated it it was ok. They escape, are sold in China, and are basically stuck there for years before escaping to Mongolia which then handed them over to South Korea. It's hard to really get close to her story. There simply isn't much detail. While I don't need every shocking, horrible, upsetting, or traumatising event in painful detail, 2. While I don't need every shocking, horrible, upsetting, or traumatising event in painful detail, something a bit more than "it was horrible" would be helpful.
It felt like I was being kept at arm's length the entire time - if this were someone I knew in real life I'd actually be fine with that, but in a memoir hoping to advocate on behalf of her countrymen? Also, I'm not sure if it's the translation, but the same words are used over and over again.
Thus we did this. Thus we continued in this way. Thus the long journey had begun. Simple details were repeated a few pages, a couple paragraphs, a few sentences apart. We are reminded that North and South Korea are still technically at war three times over a few pages. And she is the first defector I've seen even mention the Christian missionaries and they're agenda.
Although, as I said earlier.. Kim Eunsun is the same age as I am so it was a bit strange and, at times, humbling to consider our lives running parallel. She has certainly endured a lot and I am in awe of how hardworking she is. Every defector story is interesting and horrible and hopeful and unique. I did enjoy the book, but it's a bit more between "it was OK" and "I liked it" -- I felt more like the framework, or outline, for a book.
I just wish there were a bit more depth. She mentions an interview where she met Sting!
Haha in the epilogue - you can watch it. It's short.
The last thing she says in the interview is "we are not good daughters", which is just.. It was awful. The narrator has done voice acting and uses that when she reads, which, in my opinion, is silly. It's not quite the same thing, certainly not when it's a memoir. Book notes tomorrow.