Just completed my third book on North Korea, The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag by Kang Chol-Hwan. Similar to The Road of Lost Innocence, Kang Chol-Hwan gives a first hand account of his experience in North Korea as a child, having lived in a camp for 10 years and after, his escape through China to South Korea. It is really more of an informative read rather than a compelling one. I did like the short introduction on how the situation in North Korea came to be at the beginning of the book.
My second read on North Korea was Somewhere Inside, by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling. A journalist who was arrested at the borders of North Korea, on China’s ground and her sister’s fight for her freedom. Brings about a whole new perspective to journalists and the increasing journalist arrests in recent years. Though the book wasn’t exactly about life in North Korea per say.
The first and by far the best, is still, Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick which was very well written, both informative and compelling. If you’re looking for a light read to widen your knowledge on North Korea, Nothing to Envy would be a great book to start with. Though I might be slightly biased towards it since it was the first book on North Korea that I’ve read and thus everything was new and interesting to me. Still, awesome read.
Pretty curious whats gonna happen North Korea now. Either way, its not gonna be pretty, at least in the short term.
That said, after 3 books on North Korea, its time for me to move on.
Like what the bf says, its like traveling through words. A different form of traveling. Next destination, Heaven. Heaven is for Real.
With the help of Goodreads, I’ve set a target to complete 100 books in 2012. 1 down and 99 to go. =D