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It is an inspiring story! What this young woman had to go through is truly courageous. A must read. We fret over the little stuff and forget to be grateful for what we have-most importantly, Freedom. Her journey is a must read. This book is well written and the flow of the book is engaging. It is one the finest non-fiction books I have read in recent past.
Excellent book. I learned the difference between life in North Korea vs. South Korea. I recommend this book.
I thought her story as a child going through the famine in North Korea to the human trafficking in China to adjusting to life in South Korea to be fascinating and horrifying. It is a story that must be told and she said it so well. I am happy she did well in school and hope she continues to do good work.
I finished reading the book this weekend after several pauses. It was a tough read especially for a young girl. It was written with description that it makes the reader feel like we are with her in the journey. I know nothing much on what goes on in North Korea other than what I see in headline news and most likely it's nuclear issues, etc, but never what goes on in North Korea. I have been to China, but know nothing about how human trafficking works. I'm glad that she and her family made it out to South Korea and is living better than before. After reading the book, I appreciate what I have compared to what she went through. I too hope along with her that North Korea will be democratized one day or at least starting to.
Excellent read. Culturally informative. I realize she had no time/ability to feel, but it would have added depth to the book.
This book is a must read. Especially for people that want to learn more about what it is like in North Korea, and for the victims of sexual trafficking. The story is split into three parts. North Korea, China, and South Korea. The first part details the author's experience as a young girl living in North Korea. There are many details and insights into the class system, and every day experiences involving famine, fear etc. The China section shows the devastating effects of human trafficking on vulnerable people. The third section might be considered the happy ending, with the reunion of the family. I cant really begin to express how important and courageous and inspirational this memoir is without you reading it yourself.
The true story of a young North Korean girl's struggle to survive and escape the cruel North Korean regime.
Yeomni gives a detailed picture of what it's like to live under an oppressive regime, the hardships, lack of food, power shortages (playing games in complete darkness).
She explains the "class" system, and how her family was in a higher echelon but fell once her father was caught smuggling metal (the only way he could provide for the family). And once you or anyone go down in the social ladder there's no recovery.
The government is dreadful at managing the country, there are shortages everywhere (except the capital), even major infrastructure like railways suffer with trains unable to complete journeys due to power shortages.
It's sad to read of the hunger to the point they can think of nothing else but food. The whole tragic situation is the worst of all communist dictator governments.
A must read for anyone concerned about human rights.
Yeonmi's story is amazing. It is still difficult for me to comprehend that these things are happening today, but that is why this was such an important read. It did get difficult to read towards the middle, because of her experiences being trafficked in China, but I'm so grateful she was brave enough to share her story with the world.
amazing book. Yeonmi definitely had a hard life. I felt the ending of the book was a bit rushed. She described her time in South Korea very brief.
I really found this book amazing. That a girl so young could be so strong and do what she did to escape North Korea shows a wonderful strong Character. This is a must read book so we are aware of just what is happening in this country.
Incredible book, filled with sadness and beauty. This book will change the way you see the world.
Aside from military shows produced by North Korea, we know little about the abusive, totalitarian dictatorship of this country's leader. Yeonmi's story is one of a courageous girl/woman who struggled to survive. Since freedom, love and a sense of personal dignity are beyond the pale of the people of N.Korea, her first objective is to have enough to eat. Secondly, on arriving in S. Korea, she then begins her journey to understand and live the ethics we take for granted. It's an exceptional book and definitely worth reading.
I read this and also The Girl with Seven Names by Hyonseo Lee, one right after the other, and I recommend them both highly. They have much in common in that their families were persecuted in N. Korea to the point that some family members escaped to China and beyond. But the two protagonists lived in dissimilar economic and social circumstances in N. Korea, and their escape routes were not at all the same. The families' experiences in surviving (or not) for each other, and their eventual new homes were so different that it's worth it to read both books. The subject is timely and relevant to the most recent headlines from N. Korea.
One of the best biographies I have read: insightful look into the oppression of North Korea on its poorer citizens. Not only physical but mental and emotional. Her harrowing journey to safer places and to thinking as a free person makes for a book you will think about long after you finish reading.