Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North KoreaI learned more from this book that all the history classes I was forced to attend at secondary school. I mean did you know that not too long ago, North Korea’s economy used to be stronger than South Korea’s?! The mind boggles. I didn’t even know things like the fact that it was occupied by Japan in the early 21st Century.

Anyway, I think everyone should be made to read this book to make you appreciate living in the western world. It was fascinating in a horrific way and even though I know that it is, part of you struggles to believe that an entire country could be that brainwashed and devoted to dictators when the whole country is starving, when parents are glad that their child has died simply because it is one less mouth to feed. For every defector there is who managed to get out of the country, there are thousands more who are still there starving and believing the propaganda.

Lastly, I think the book was well written in an engaging style, making you care about the people whose stories she tells and educating you in an interesting manner.

Book: 5*

Cover: 3*

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