Book: Or­di­nary Lives in North Ko­rea

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Noth­ing to Envy: Or­di­nary Lives in North Ko­rea by Barbara Demick. It is fas­ci­nat­ing and ter­ri­fy­ing to read about a coun­try whose doors are closed to most of us. The brav­ery of those who have es­caped from North Ko­rea and have dared to tell their tale in­spires me to live in a more open, coura­geous and em­pa­thetic way. This was the first book I read about this re­gion and its bru­tal regime. Hav­ing trav­elled to South Ko­rea a num­ber of times it sad­dens me to know that these two coun­tries can be so near in ge­og­ra­phy but so far in hu­man rights.

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