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Looking for book recommendations please. About life in North Korea.

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LadyInDread Wed 20-Sep-17 10:38:02

I've had a browse on Amazon. Usually I can find books on whatever subject for a few pound so would try a few. But these are more expensive so wondering if anyone can recommend.

Ideally looking for real life accounts from ordinary people.


CMOTDibbler Wed 20-Sep-17 10:41:36

Nothing to Envy is stories of real people and v good. The Aquariums of Pyongpeng is a v well written account of life in the NK gulags

Butterymuffin Wed 20-Sep-17 10:44:31

Seconding Nothing To Envy. Journalist interviewing ordinary North Jordans. Extraordinary.

OttosTitsling Wed 20-Sep-17 11:12:10

I really liked 'In Order to Live' by Yeonmi Park. Autobiography of a young girl growing up in NK and her family's escape

afatalflaw Wed 20-Sep-17 11:13:21

I second 'In Order to Live'.

SunSeptember Wed 20-Sep-17 11:15:41

^^ and also daily north korea paper.

ememem84 Wed 20-Sep-17 11:16:59

Thirding in order to live. Am halfway through it and it's really good. Sad in places but beautifully written.

AgentProvocateur Wed 20-Sep-17 11:17:46

Thirding(!) Nothing To Envy. It's a great read.

cottonwoolbrain Wed 20-Sep-17 11:19:32

If you look here you'll see amazon suggest a number of books on the subject

If you come across links to the pictures drawn by escaped NK prisoners please don't look - the awful images will stay with me for ever and God alone knows what psychological and physical damage has been done to them. Awful regime sad

LadyInDread Wed 20-Sep-17 11:19:51

Thank you all. I'm used to getting books for pence so didn't want to spend without some recommendations. Both in the basket for payday.

Thank you.

LadyInDread Wed 20-Sep-17 11:23:25

Thanks for the recommendation and the warning Cotton.

I usually read about ordinary people in history in times of war and change. To know them and their stories. I'm re-reading Snow Falling on Cedars, and wanted some books on the treatment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War. It got me thinking to how with North Korea, it's not history, I'm alive at the time this is happening and I know nothing about it.

cottonwoolbrain Wed 20-Sep-17 11:25:59

this looks interesting and under £3 - might have a look myself

LadyInDread Wed 20-Sep-17 11:26:17

Didn't explain that well, people being held as prisoners in their own country was what got me to North Korea.

cottonwoolbrain Wed 20-Sep-17 11:26:34

sigh forgot the link this one

Josiah Wed 20-Sep-17 11:49:39

Without You, There Is No Us
My secret life teaching the sons of North Korea’s elite

by Suki Kim

Mulberry72 Wed 20-Sep-17 12:04:24

Escape from Camp 13 by Blaine Harden is an amazing book. It’s about a North Korean man who escapes from one of the labour camps, heartbreaking but extremely well written.

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