Daily Archives: October 6, 2010

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

Nothing to Envy tells the story of six defectors from North Korea to South Korea and, through them, the appalling history of  North Korea where the dictator du jour is deified while millions starve and die in the street, electricity is usually lacking, and letters don’t circulate anymore because they are more useful if burned as fuel. It’s not a happy book but the personal details and the focus on ordinary people’s lives makes it as gripping as a (good!) novel.

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