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I knew I was going to have trouble reading this book because I had already heard Yeonmi's story a few years earlier in an interview. Still, when I saw she had written a book I had to find out the full story.
Yeonmi’s is an inspirational story about not just overcoming the most brutal regime on the planet, but also the prejudices and personal challenges that followed after the harrowing journey. It opened my eyes to not only the treatment of North Koreans while in their home country, but also during and after their escape to freedom. Even if we have no power to change the regime in the short-term, we all have the power to improve the treatment of North Korean escapees.
I hope Yeonmi never gives up telling her story, as painful as it may be. She has now been thrust into a life of meaning and she should never stop pursuing justice. She is not only a voice for the North Korean people, but she’s a reminder to the west of what we have and what we need to protect: democracy.
PS: I was going to leave this out but I probably should mention it. This book made me contact a volunteer agency in South Korea (still waiting to hear back) to see if I could come do some volunteer work to help some North Korean people integrate into their new lives. I'm not sure what I can offer as I don't speak Korean (I'm now trying to learn), but having read about their treatment, even after overcoming everything they have to, I had to see if I could do something. I had originally thought that South Koreans greet North Koreans as if they were their long lost family members, unfortunately this book made me realise my rose-coloured view of the world was completely wrong. So Yeonmi can add one more person/thing to the list of real changes she's made just by telling her story. It is a story worth telling.
A very moving story of a 13 year old North Korean girl who escapes North Korea, only to fall prey to people smugglers in China. Eventually she makes it to South Korea,and can tell of the real story of living in the Hermit Kingdom.
One strange thing about living in North Korea; if you live in a high-rise building, the higher up you go, the poorer you are. As there is no (reliable) electricity, rich people live on the ground floor, and the poor have to trudge up stairs to the 8th floor. What a concept.
A brilliant, gutwrenching, impossible to stop reading memoir. I learnt so much more about North Korea and life after that dreadful existence for it's defectors. A book that will open people's hearts to refugees from any oppressive and dangerous countries and reinforce how lucky those of us are to know nothing of such suffering and desperation first hand. The fortunate should always show compassion and help the unfortunate.....there but for the Grace of God....
"In Order to Live" by Yeonmi Park is an honest tale of North Korean oppression and Chinese wickedness that is hard for comfortable first world dwellers to imagine. It is an important work honestly and well written and tells the story of Yeonmi's struggle to leave North Korea.
An incredible true story written by an amazing eloquent young woman. Everyone who thinks socialism is a life to aspire to,needs to read this true account of life in north korea. This girl tells it with no holes barred. Her strength and resilience helped her survive. A great read.
We need books like this to be read in our schools and universities so that everyone can understand the horrors that still go on in this world in places such as North Korea today in this world where so many take life and pleasure as their right. This is an amazing true story of a very courageous young girl. It made me cry but also gave me so much pleasure to see what she has achieved. You are an incredible young lady Yeonmi Park. Thank you for telling your story.
A harrowing true life story of a teenagers and her mother's escape from North Korea. Suspense filled and difficult to put down. But it doesn't stop there, you can follow Yeonmi Park's continuing story in social media and on YouTube were you can learn and discover more about her and of the treacherous North Korean dictatorship. I'd already read the eBook, but I needed a hard copy of this book to put on my book shelf!
What does it mean to be truly free? Can a nation be deceived in believing the world is a certain way, only to later discover that nothing was as it seemed? We see the world through the eyes of this young girl. As we grasp her reality we realize how whole populations can be sacrificed in order to ratify one leaders interest and the courage and suffering involved to escaping from that grasp.
This book gives a deep insight in to the repression of North Korean life and the unimaginable reality it's citizens are forced to call everyday life. What's worse is that they are unaware of their own injustice.
This a brilliant, fascinating story of one girl's escape and if nothing else will leave you feeling grateful for the many things we take for granted in the free world.
Incredibly moving story about survival and what one is willing to do to save ones family. This story offers a rare glimpse into hell on earth, meaning the socialist workers paradises of North Korea and China and the impacts it has on those stuck in these repressive regimes. This story gives hope to a brighter tomorrow. Happy reading