In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom (2015) by Yeonmi Park.
I’m not sure how I end up reading so many books about North Korea, but I do. This is about the 5th book I’ve read, about a North Korean girl struggling to survive and (later) escape North Korea.
It is a memoir, told in the first person point of view, and very personal. Yeonmi Park is extremely brave in this book, being brutally honest about her story, even the most difficult parts which were hard to read, but I imagine, even harder to write.
This book is very human, in that it’s hard to find out who the villains really are. The people in Yeonmi’s life make decisions based on survival, fear, hunger, and confusion. They do the best they can, which makes for many moral grey areas.
I read this book in less than a week, because it was so interesting and compelling. Though I already knew much about North Korea (because I’ve read so many books already), I still learned more– about the history, the way of life, and the families who live there. I also learned what usually happens to the women who defect into China.
All in all, a fantastic book for those who love nonfiction and current events.
이 책이 좋은 책이에요 👍 Questo libro è un buon libro.
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