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This Is Paradise!: My North Korean Childhood

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Book Summary of This Is Paradise!: My North Korean Childhood

"This is Paradise " is a shocking and moving portrayal of scenes of every day life in North Korea, a secretive and brutal nation. Hyok Kang writes of the public executions, the labor camps and mines, the punishment for "anti-social behavior," the secret watching of Beijing television, and the spies everywhere who help enforce the regime. When the famine comes, so does death by starvation of friends and close ones, cannibalism, and political purge. All this is normal for Hyok Kang. After all, the propaganda North Koreans are fed by their government insists that compared to the rest of the world, this is paradise Woven into this portrayal is the individual story of a young boy and his migration to China as an asylum seeker. This is his story of suffering and survival, and is a rare glimpse of a nation closed to the outside world.

Details of Book: This Is Paradise!: My North Korean Childhood (BSID:37237)

Book This Is Paradise!: My North Korean Childhood
Author Hyok Kang, Shaun Whiteside, Philippe Grangereau
ISBN 0349118655
ISBN-13 9780349118659, 978-0349118659
Binding Paperback
Publishing Date 05/07/2007
Number of Pages 204
Language English
Dimensions 7.7 x 5 x 0.6 inches
Weight 227 grams

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Nicoette October 26, 2011 review from Goodreads

Despite a far from low number of North Korean refugees currently living in South Korea (or other places where they can reveal their identity without worrying about being repatriated), I've only been able to find two autobiographies of such refugees, and this was one of them.Overall, it gave me ex...

Harry January 09, 2011 review from Goodreads

Or to give it its full, bookshop-friendly title: This is Paradise! My North Korean Childhood, written by Hyok Kang with the French journalist Philippe Grangereau, and translated by Shaun Whiteside.When I was looking for books from North Korea for the Read The World challenge, I was quite surprise...

Laura December 28, 2010 review from Goodreads

Rating: 4.5 starsThis was the selection for our second book group meeting, which is now called The Granite Literary Society (because Aberdeen is made of granite and because I was so amused by the horrible punny subtitle my friend came up with--"where we don't take books for granite!").Before read...

Donnie March 19, 2011 review from Goodreads

Clearly life in North Korea is terrible beyond imagination. This book attempts to give us a personal account of the realities of living under the North Korean regime, and I guess it accomplishes its task well, but as book, it just didn't do it for me. I found the translation to be annoying and so...

Rebecca June 14, 2012 review from Goodreads

So if Escape From Camp 14 portrayed life in a North Korean gulag; This is Paradise portrays the childhood of a "free" North Korean (is anyone in that country really free) during the famine years of the 1990s. The things that haunt you the most aren't the graphic descriptions of what happens to th...


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