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Book ì The Auariums of Pyongyang Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag Å 256 pages Download ´ Gwairsoft ë ❮Epub❯ ➤ The Auariums of Pyongyang Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag ➣ Author Kang Chol-Hwan – Gwairsoft.co.uk North KoRials the repression and the political conditioning within this hermit kingdomKang Chol Hwan was arrested at the age of nine along with other members of his family when his grandfather made remarks about life in a capitalist country that were judged to be too complimentary He grew up in the camps and has escaped to South Korea to document his personal life as a testimonial to the hardships and atrocities that constitute the lives of some several hundred thousand people living in the gulag today Kang's account of his in Another horrific tale of life in the prison that is all of North Korea this one told about life within a prison itself Perhaps because this is the latest in a list of books about All Things North Korean that I've been reading in the last couple of years I was not as horrified by this story as I was by some of the others I've previous read Both Nothing to Envy and In Order to Live A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom affected me far deeply and I would recommend both of those books over this one There was an emotional distance in Kang's writing that kept my horror a bit at bay Still I believe any and all books written by or about North Koreans who have managed to escape from that hideous place are worth reading

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North Korea today is one of the last bastions of hard line Communism Until recently no one ever managed to leave the country No organized active opposition movement exists either at home or abroad Western historians and researchers have had little access to information about North Korea apart from official Party documents and propaganda This book marks the first time that a victim of the regime a survivor and escapee has provided a personal and documented insight into the labor camps the organized famine the farcical t The rating I am giving this book is for the writing not the story The writing tends toward overly flowery and even tedious nocturnal visitation for dream for heaven's sake and I had a very hard time pushing myself through the sentencesI also read this book after reading Escape from Camp 14 One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West which was about a man who was born in one of the worst of all camps and against unimaginable odds escaped Because his camp was just so much horrific and the treatment of the prisoners even inhumane if you can believe it the story was also powerful Perhaps if I'd read this one first I'd have been even deeply horrified But after reading the worst reading the less worse feels unfairly of me minimalThere is a small handful of books addressing the horrors of the North Korean prison camp system Read The Orphan Master's Son a novel but an extraordinarily well researched novel that seemed like a non fiction book after I then read Escape From Camp 14 which told some of the same horrors And Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea stories of six ordinary lives in that horrific placeEven a book that is written the way this book is written is worth reading so I hesitate over criticizing the writing But against the few others that cover this ground the writing does matter STILL very worth the read Very worth it

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The Auariums of Pyongyang Ten Years in the North Korean GulagTernment reveals the life and death conditions of the camp the relentless forced labor and the mental repression that drove the two hours of daily political training that followed twelve hours of backbreaking work His memoir documents the political bartering of food and the ideological uses of malnutrition Part horror story part historical document part memoir part political tract this book brings together unassailable firsthand experience setting one young man's personal suffering in the wider context of modern histor I already knew that North Korea was a crazy place but this book underlines how its regime is both terrifying and utterly odd I won’t even get into the logic of naming a man as President for eternity four years after his death In one of the most powerful images in the book the author looks across the Yalu river one night On one side is noisy busy lit up China Across the bank North Korea is dark and silent as North Koreans describe it “calm as hell” Some interesting snippets of information I gained1 Most cars in South Korea are painted silver2 Traditionally Koreans are born aged 1 They get a year older not on their birthdays but every January 1st However this is no longer used officially in N Korea3 When the author was a child children in every class displayed a league table showing the physical strength of each child Fights were then organised between the top ranking students from different classes4 In the Confucian tradition a woman who marries joins her husband’s family Even if they then divorce she still belongs to that family and her own parents will probably reject her if she tries to return home If the man marries again he and his new wife have to live with the ex wife5 The camp inmates were so desperate for clothes that if they were sent to bury someone they would always strip the body naked first6 Teachers in the camp school were all armed routinely referred to children using terms like “You son of a whore” and routinely beat and humiliated the students a favourite punishment for example was making them spend the whole day standing naked in the courtyard The author points out in an understated way that “Trust between student and teacher was utterly impossible under such conditions”7 Each inmate was allotted one pair of socks to last a year They ended up wrapping their feet in rat skins most of the time However the children have a special pair of socks given to them on Kim Il sung’s birthday which they can only wear when entering a room dedicated to him 8 Before China and South Korea established diplomatic relations in 1992 accepted practice for ships travelling between the two countries was for them to bear Honduran flags