Nothing To Envy; Ordinary Lives in North Korea.

By Barbara Demick, Spiegel and Grua ( Random House) , 2010. 297 pp., Notes.

An excellent depiction of the absolutely horrible situation in North Korea under Kim Jung-il. Mass starvation, complete infrastructure collapse, alienated populace full of fear of each other and the iron heel of that state apparatus.  Truly unbelievable. Told through the stories of a few survivors who fled to South Korea and put into a broader historical/political context. This is a highly informative and interesting book.

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Artist, Italophile, happily retired software person. I read widely and am constantly finding wonderful things to discover and share. BA in English Literature, Masters in Library Science.
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