An extraordinary insight into life under one of the worlds most ruthless and secretive dictatorships and the story of one womans terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal totalitarian regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told the best on the planet?Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family.She could not return, since rumours of her escape were spreading, and she and her family could incur the punishments of the government authorities involving imprisonment, torture, and possible public execution. Hyeonseo instead remained in China and rapidly learned Chinese in an effort to adapt and survive. Twelve years and two lifetimes later, she would return to the North Korean border in a daring mission to spirit her mother and brother to South Korea, on one of the most arduous, costly and dangerous journeys imaginable.This is the unique story not only of Hyeonseos escape from the darkness into the light, but also of her coming of age, education and the resolve she found to rebuild her life not once, but twice first in China, then in South Korea. Strong, brave and eloquent, this memoir is a triumph of her remarkable spirit....
|Title||:||The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story|
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The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story Reviews
Being an American, I knew a little about the hardships in North Korea, as well as how crazy Kim Jong-Il was (& now Kim Jong-Un). But reading this memoir of a North Korean defector's account just floored me. It definitely opened my eyes
If you're like me and haven't read much about past and present living conditions in Northern Korea , you'll learn a lot here.This simply written book follows the courageous journey of a 17 year old girl who will need to change her name seven times after she defects from North Korea and reinvents her life both in China and later South Korea. Written to read like a novel, it will certainly give you a greater appreciation of the freedoms we often take for granted, while not weighing you down with m ...more
This was a delightful read. I would like to ask the author if there isn’t any writer’s embellishment because this story is too astonishing to believe. You will find this defectors story of her life behind the iron curtain, her defection, and then the defection of her mother and brother, so interesting that you will not be able to put the book down. Also, this is important information in lieu of recent world events.
Hyeonseo Lee’s book serves as a lens into life inside what Lisa Ling of National ...more
The Girl with Seven Names is a powerful, fascinating true story about a young girl who manages to escape from North Korea. She gives a very honest view of living in North Korea and her escape and later helping her mother and brother escape. I found myself feeling all the pain, the struggles and the fear that Hyeonsea felt. It also reveals the difficulties, for young and old to assimilate into a new culture. This is an intriguing account of an amazing young women.
In my years of working in a large, inner city school system, I've encountered several families that have migrated to the US from different parts of the world. While many of the stories heard were centered on experiences of migrating from Central, South and Latin America, I still had a certain knowledge base of the political structure in those countries. The central theme was due to poverty and wanting of a better life. Ms. Lee's story of a North Korean girl and her family and their defection, te ...more
Excellent and much different than Escape from Camp 14 and other books which involved life in the prison camps. The author lived what many would have considered a fairly normal life in a North Korea border town with China. This story gives a picture of average life in North Korea, life for defectors in China, and life struggling with their new identity. Her family adds much drama to the story as well. A very good read to get a different perspective and to learn from Hyeonseo's incredible story.
Wow. Such an incredible book that I literally could not put down. I churned through this in practically one sitting, unable to stop at the end of each chapter. It's written so well - compelling without sensationalism or verbosity.
The insight in the North Korean indoctrination of party loyalty above everything was fascinating. As Lee points out, it's impossible for North Koreans to grasp their lack of rights and freedom when they've never understood that these concepts exist. Her bravery, intell ...more
This is the most informative, interesting, and mind boggling memoir I've ever read. North Korea is a mysterious country that blocks out all foreign powers to strengthen its own dictatorship. This story gives insight into North Koreans' every day lives and the grueling process of escaping the hunger, the brutality, and the control. I'm actually appalled at how the surrounding Asian countries treated the defectors seeking asylum from a known dictatorship. I don't know if it's still like that today ...more