Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick - April book

  • April 21, 2013 · 12:30 PM

We'll set the date for this meet up at our March book club discussion.
About the book:
A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy is a remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens. "Nothing to Envy" follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years — a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape most of us have never before seen, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today — an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, and where displays of affection are punished; a police state where informants are rewarded and where an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. Demick takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors. Through meticulous and sensitive reporting, we see her six subjects — average North Korean citizens — fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we experience the moments when they realize that their government has betrayed them. "Nothing to Envy" is a groundbreaking addition to the literature of totalitarianism and an eye-opening look at a closed world that is of increasing global importance.
taken from:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6178648-nothing-to-envy

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  • Henry

    by the way, I made a slideshow of photos taken from my visit to North Korea 3 years ago. feel free to take a look and my other videos on my channel~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNjqUjtDdfk

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you to everyone for a warm welcome and an interesting discussion .

    April 21, 2013

  • Henry

    To those didn't read the book, there is a BBC documentary on how few North Koreans escaped: Escaping North Korea part 1- BBC documentary (English Subs)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cVOrUMWaJ0

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, something came up last minute. Really enjoy the book!

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to pull myself off this time. Have fun!

    April 21, 2013

  • Henry

    attending tomorrow. haven't read the book, but I have visited North Korea on Jan 2010. interesting event.

    April 20, 2013

  • Jade P.

    just joined the group, haven't read the book yet, but been reading about North Korea recently, see you tmr :)

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't make it this time...

    April 20, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Ack, double booked :(

    April 18, 2013

  • Agnes H.

    Yes

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any location for this meeting yet?

    April 10, 2013

    • Kathy

      It will be on hk island, likely central/soho area. Hope you can make it

      April 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for your reply - I will be able to get there in time.

      April 11, 2013

  • Aaron L.

    I would love to join, but I am not in hk this weekend or the next. can i join halfway through the book?

    April 10, 2013

    • Kathy

      We'll only be discussing the book this weekend so I'm not sure how that will work for you

      April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good choice of book - very interesting and topical, considering the current news.

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey! I am so sorry to drop out because I love the book and want to be there but got a gig booked from work!

    April 6, 2013

  • Paul

    Kathy, another excellent recommendation on this book (as with your previous one, for "Lonesome Dove"). Thanks.

    March 24, 2013

    • Kathy

      Thanks Paul - I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. Look forward to discussing it at the meetup.

      March 25, 2013

  • David

    Yes, subject to confirmation of date.

    March 17, 2013

  • Henry

    is it possible to make it during the weekend/ nighttime for working days?

    March 2, 2013

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