The Girl With Seven Names

The Girl With Seven Names

A North Korean Defector's Story

eBook - 2015
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An extraordinary insight into the lives of North Koreans and one woman's struggle to escape. One of the millions of North Koreans trapped by a brutal regime, mad dictatorship and starvation of body and soul, Hyeonseo Lee fled North Korea when she was just a fifteen year-old girl. As she escaped to stay with distant relatives in China, Hyeonseo still believed that North Korea was the best place in the world to live, and that Kim Il-Sung was her savior. She did not know it would be fourteen years until she was reunited with her family. She could not return, for fear that she and her family would incur the punishments of the government authorities – involving imprisonment, torture, possible public execution. Hyeonseo instead remained in China and strove to learn Chinese and a little English in an effort to adapt and survive. Fourteen years and two lifetimes later, she would return to the border in a daring mission to spirit her mother and brother to South Korea, on one of the most...
Publisher: Glasgow : HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
ISBN: 9780007554867
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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This is well written ( way better than Do Not Say We have Nothing) but it is still just one woman's story of good luck, being in the right place at the right time and some clever out-witting of guards. It is interesting to read about her pining for her home country despite the abuse of its citizens.

Mar 20, 2018

Wonderful book--in depth study of North Korean culture through the eyes of a girl who risked her life in breaking through.

Feb 22, 2018

Among the BEST books that I have read. A cliff-hanger and a wonderful peek into how life is lived in North Korea. The writing captured the emotional sense of each twist and turn. An AMAZING story, extremely well told.

Sep 25, 2017

I have read better narratives and stories about North Korea, such as The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson and A Kim Il-Jung Production by Paul Fischer. This story was too halting for my tastes (the author likes to uses phrases such as "What happened next was to test me more than anything had before.") I suppose I would use the term melodramatic for this book.

Jul 21, 2017

This book gives great insight into what it is like to grow up in North Korea. The book was an interesting read that I couldn't put down. Highly recommend reading this book.

PimaLib_LoisM Jun 29, 2017

This is an amazing book that I could not put down. The author was so brave to attempt and succeed in escaping from North Korea into China and eventually South Korea. Lee gives us an inside look into how North Koreans are indoctrinated from birth on; and the difficulties they face in learning how to learn to live in a free society after growing up in North Korea.

May 19, 2017

Very good book into the daily lives of North Koreans, and the crazy regime that keeps them in submission through fear.

Apr 24, 2017

Fascinating look at a frightening country; the author's and family's escapes read like a thriller

Apr 21, 2017

A fascinating frank depiction of life in North Korea and along the escape pipeline. A page turner that I could not put down and is a must read for anybody interested in the current political situation.

Jun 21, 2016

First-hand account of growing up in and then defecting from North Korea. In reading a few of these memoirs, it is important to note the very different pathways a male vs a female N. Korean refugee are forced to take to find a different life.

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