The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 October 2019
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- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008338337
- Dimensions : 14.22 x 2.79 x 14.73 cm
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008338336
- Publisher : HarperCollins UK and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged AUDIO edition (1 October 2019)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
‘The most riveting TED talk ever’ Oprah
‘Hyeonseo Lee brought the human consequences of global inaction on North Korea to the world's doorstep … Against all odds she escaped, survived, and had the courage to speak out’ Samantha Power, U.S. representative to the U.N.
‘This is a powerful story of an escapee from North Korea. In the hallowed meeting rooms of the United Nations in New York, ambassadors from North Korea recently sought to shout down stories like this. But these voices will not be silenced. Eventually freedom will be restored. History will vindicate Hyeonseo Lee and those like her for the risks they ran so that their bodies and their minds could be free. And so that we could know the truth’ Michael Kirby, chair of the U.N. commission on human rights abuses in North Korea
‘When I first met Hyeonseo Lee, the unflinching manner in which she told her story was inspirational. She experienced hunger, coldness, fear, terror, threats and pursuit. All this she had to endure, simply for being a North Korean refugee. But the one thing that she held onto was her humanity, ever stronger as she continuously sublimated her hardships into hope. This is a sad and beautiful story of a girl who could not even keep her name, yet overcome all with the identity of what it is to be human’ Jang Jin-sung, author of ‘Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee – A Look Inside North Korea’
About the Author
Hyeonseo Lee grew up in North Korea but escaped to China in 1997. In 2008, after more than 10 years there, she came to Seoul, South Korea, where she struggled to adjust to life in the bustling city. Recently graduated from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, she has become a regular speaker on the international stage fostering human rights and awareness of the plight of North Koreans. She is an advocate for fellow refugees, even helping close relatives leave North Korea. Her TED talk has been viewed nearly 4m times. She is married to her American husband Brian Gleason and currently lives in South Korea.
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Congratulations for your mastery of so many languages, including English.
I rate this one of the best books that I have read in a very long time.
Keep up the good work. Jeff
A story of one woman's upbringing in North Korea and how a combination of fortuitous self determined ideas and circumstance leads her to escape the ruthlessly woven web of North Korean oppression.
The five star rating reflects not so much the literary value (though it is well written), but the story itself and the courageous people it represents. Thank you very much to Hyeonseo Lee for sharing, and best wishes for the future and her ongoing work.
I was so proud to read of the critical assistance that the Australian Dick Stolp gave in assisting the family to escape from Laos when held there for escaping NK.
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Hyeonseo Lee's story is fascinating, telling of how she was indoctrinated by the regime, the irritation of the enforced communal activities and the horrors of the famine of 1996. Her story is told as she saw it at the age she was writing about, with some retrospective comments. One of her first impressions of China was "I'd come from a world of black and white into one of Technicolor". She describes the enormous differences in the two countries and her problems with terrible homesickness.
A book with so much drama and terrifying action it is hard to put down. There are useful maps at the beginning of the book, and photos midway through. The writing style is easy to read, though much of the subject matter is, of course, very thought provoking.
A great read, particularly so with what is going on in the world at the moment. So good I have already bought a friend a copy, and have recommended it to many others.
The story tells of her childhood living a relatively comfortable life by North Korean standards. However when famine strikes in the 1990s, she begins to notice what was happening to her people.
When she was 17 almost as an adventure she risks crossing to China across a frozen river. She then realises that if she returned it would cause massive problems for her family so she remains in China.
Slowly she also understands that her country is run by a brutal, totalitarian regime.
The book then tells of her struggles to adapt and survive in China living largely as an illegal immigrant and then her flight to South Korea.
Finally the book tells of her efforts to get her mother and brother to escape and live in South Korea too.
Hyeonseo obviously showed immense strength and bravery, overcoming often life-threatening challenges to enable herself, her mother and brother to escape.
However all three of them, her mother especially, struggle with living in South Korea and miss ‘home’.
I loved Hyeonseo’s descriptions of day to day life in N Korea and her accounts of her flight to freedom. However I did sometimes get frustrated with her choices and believe although she was strong and brave she was also amazingly lucky at times.
Nevertheless a brilliant and thought- provoking book. I would thoroughly recommend it.
Hyeonseo now speaks out about the darkness and repression of the North Korean regime around the world.