The purpose of memorable Monday is to showcase a book that you’ve read in the past and share how/why it has stuck with you.
This week I’m featuring:
I don’t remember exactly how I found this story, but I listened to it on audio while I was at my job a few years ago. I have a friend who was an exchange student from South Korea when we were in high school and she had shared stories with me about how scary of a place North Korea was. When I first saw this story I know it reminded me of her and led me to want to read it. This is a difficult story to read, but it’s absolutely worth it. Her journey was no easy road (and really happened). This story will open your eyes to the reality of how scary life is in North Korea, and the lengths people are willing to go in search of freedom.
About the Book:
Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country…despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated.
By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun’s father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun too was in danger of starving. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete. Before finally reaching South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family would live homeless, fall into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survive a North Korean labor camp, and cross the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, in A Thousand Miles to Freedom, Eunsun is sharing her remarkable story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence. Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea’s totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
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Share the name of a book you read in the past and why it was so memorable to you in the comments below!
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