The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee
Page count: 320
Country: United Kingdom
This is a story of young girls extremely hard ascent into adulthood all due to a strict regime and her curiosity. This is a narrative of Sacrifice, survival and courage. We get a first-hand glimpse into the North Korean life, both from the point of view of the old and the new.
I have recently become quite fascinated with the stories surrounding North Korea, probably because, like most people, I know nothing about it.
My initial reaction was WOW, literally! I flew through this book and couldn’t consume it quick enough. I was surprised, to be honest when reading about North Korea how normal it seemed. I mean other than the regime and stuff (obviously) but they work, they study, I don’t know what I expected but it wasn’t that! I was really fascinated by the caste system and how everything revolves around it! Whether or not you can go through to further education is affected by it, your marriage etc. It is the centre of all Korean life.
When reading through this book it surprised me how much I felt sorry for Hyeonseo in her loss of her home life. I never considered how difficult it must be to come from a life like she did and go straight into the 21st century. TVs and cars, they were all a complete shock to her. Can you imagine that feeling? That fear? It is portrayed amazingly throughout this book if I may say so.
The journey Hyeonseo went through to get to freedom was one of extreme suffering and at some points, it genuinely hurt to read about it. One girl, one 17-year-old girl should never have to go through that all by herself. Luckily she found friends along the way, some that were completely surprising to me! Now I don’t want to give any spoilers because I HIGHLY recommend you check this book out for yourself!! So what I have said here is just some of the details of an AMAZING book!
This was probably a very vague review but this book was unbelievable and I would genuinely throw it into the hand of anyone willing to read it!
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