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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

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29 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

Amazing, profoundly moving book. This is the story of a North K

Amazing, profoundly moving book. This is the story of a North Korean who somehow escaped the prisons of his country to escape to the United States, but not without having a role in the tragic deaths of many members of his family. It depicts the brutal atrocities of a ...
Amazing, profoundly moving book. This is the story of a North Korean who somehow escaped the prisons of his country to escape to the United States, but not without having a role in the tragic deaths of many members of his family. It depicts the brutal atrocities of a tyrannical regime, and leaves the reader profoundly affected by his story. How would we behave if put into the same situation? It made me look at Kim Jong Il, his father, and the government of North Korea in a way I've never imagined before.
There have been some great books by Korean authors recently, which I would also highly recommend.
"Please Look After Mom" is a poignant tale of a Korean mother who goes missing, and her family's attempts to locate her. It's told from four points of view.
"In Stitches" is the memoir of a second generation Korean American who was raised by a tyrannical Korean immigrant father, and how he overcame his childhood to become a doctor. A fast, funny, and heartwarming read. I highly recommend on three of these books!

posted by 7970514 on March 31, 2012

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7 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

This book was such a disappointment. What was a potentially gri

This book was such a disappointment. What was a potentially gripping escape story, it was turned into a boring compilation of one North Korean refugee's story mixed with miscellaneous tedious facts about North Korea. The writer who is a reporter does just that - rep...
This book was such a disappointment. What was a potentially gripping escape story, it was turned into a boring compilation of one North Korean refugee's story mixed with miscellaneous tedious facts about North Korea. The writer who is a reporter does just that - report the facts or what may be facts since he even doubts the truthfulness of his subject, Shin. The story telling is brain numbing because he detracts the reader with tedious facts about North Korea and fails to personalize Shin the North Korean refugee. One paragraph he's describing Shin's escape, the next he's giving statistics of the number of North Korean refugees that manages to escape to China and eventually South Korea. This is a terrible survivor's story and the writer does a great injustice in bringing the horrific ordeal Shin had to endure in the North Korean labor camps and his struggles thereafter. I wish they would just translate Shin's own memoir into English because I don't think Mr. Harden deserves to split the proceeds of this book "fifty-fifty" with Shin.

posted by LunaticNYC on April 23, 2012

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

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    This book was such a disappointment. What was a potentially gri

    This book was such a disappointment. What was a potentially gripping escape story, it was turned into a boring compilation of one North Korean refugee's story mixed with miscellaneous tedious facts about North Korea. The writer who is a reporter does just that - report the facts or what may be facts since he even doubts the truthfulness of his subject, Shin. The story telling is brain numbing because he detracts the reader with tedious facts about North Korea and fails to personalize Shin the North Korean refugee. One paragraph he's describing Shin's escape, the next he's giving statistics of the number of North Korean refugees that manages to escape to China and eventually South Korea. This is a terrible survivor's story and the writer does a great injustice in bringing the horrific ordeal Shin had to endure in the North Korean labor camps and his struggles thereafter. I wish they would just translate Shin's own memoir into English because I don't think Mr. Harden deserves to split the proceeds of this book "fifty-fifty" with Shin.

    7 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Escape from Camp 14

    This is a fascinating account of what is behind the wall of what is happening even now. How could anyone survive. Very interesting read on reality.....A true account that can be read with sadness in your heart.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 24, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Sadie's bio

    Age nine but is two years smarter

    DAUGHTer of demeter
    Best friend: Abigail daughter of king midas ( who turns things to gold when she is nervous)
    Has brown hair, grey blue eyes
    She has a wild imagination and loves the outdoors.

    She has been two years at camp,
    Abigail only one.
    She isn't very popular because of her age.
    Loves to entangle Abigail in ivy when she rambles or gets annoying.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 12, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Good Read

    The book is not presented in a very compelling way yet I liked it. It chronicles a journey of this one person while highlighting the human condition in North Korea. I liked getting the inside look at someone's reality & how it reminds you to be thankful for the freedoms we share here in the USA. It's amazing how we hear only of North Korea's leader, their military and all their craziness but not about the camps and human right violations. We think we're on top of world news because of the internet (information highway) but in reality we haven't a clue.

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