September (2nd Date)- World Book #9- Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in N. Korea

  • September 11, 2013 · 7:00 PM

I recently came across this book that had been getting amazing reviews, and fit in very well with our theme of Around the World in 13 Books.  In the past, books about strict political societies have led to very interesting discussions, and I hope the same is true of this one!


Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. 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, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and 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, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them.

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  • Eileen Y.

    I am sorry to miss this...the Korean restaurant sounds like fun!

    September 9, 2013

  • Deepa

    Good news! I was able to get us reservations at a Korean restaurant for our meetup. We'll be meeting at Soonja restaurant on Alexander Rd in Princeton, just west of Rte 1 and just east of the campus, near the Dinky station. Looking forward to our discussion!

    1 · September 7, 2013

    • Michelle

      Great! I've never been to a Korean restaurant so I'm pretty excited :)

      September 7, 2013

  • Deepa

    Also, Soonja's parking lot is not huge, but there is street parking. If you have the ability to carpool, please do!

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope the driving will not be too much far in distance. Thank you so much for introducing the book to me!

    August 17, 2013

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