Friday, January 4, 2013

nothing to envy: ordinary lives in north korea by barbara demick

this was a book club selection and i'll start by admitting that i did NOT want to read this book. i was so disappointed when everyone voted for it. i'm generally uninterested in asian history and culture. with that said, this was one of my favorite books i read this year. i couldn't put it down. 

we get a glimpse into north korea via the stories of five or so north koreans who manage to get out of the country. 

i had no idea how bananas that place is. it's like reading an orwell novel, only it's not fake. it's terrifying to think that places like this can exist in our modern world. 

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