The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story

The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story

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The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story by Hyeonseo Lee

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAn extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told “the best on the planet”? Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family.

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ISBN-13: 9780007554850
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 05/19/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 736
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Hyeonseo Lee grew up in North Korea but escaped to China in 1997. In 2008, after more than 10 years there, she came to Seoul, South Korea, where she struggled to adjust to life in the bustling city. Recently graduated from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, she has become a regular speaker on the international stage fostering human rights and awareness of the plight of North Koreans. She is an advocate for fellow refugees, even helping close relatives leave North Korea. Her TED talk has been viewed nearly 4m times. She is married to her American husband Brian Gleason and currently lives in South Korea.

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The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Excellently written! At first I thought it was about someone fiction and I was suprised that it was actually about the author! Very touching story. As much as I knew that North Korea was terrible and gloomy, I never knew it was that in the book. Luckily, I'm South Korean! Never going to North Korea! NEVER!!!! Once you get in you can't get out! It's like prison even though your not in a prison cell. So sad:(. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book tracing the author's birth and life in North Korea, her escape and journey to South Korea, and her helping her mother and brother escape as well. The story is well written and told in quite an exciting way. If you have never read a book by or about a North Korean defector, it's great way to start learning about life there. If you have read several books, as I have, it will add another dimension to your understanding of life in North Korea and its' citizens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written story about a girls struggles to be free.you will feel sorry for all those left behind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book takes readers through a young woman's upbringing in North Korea and she and her family's escape from it. Just as courageous as her harrowing ordeal is her willingness to share her thoughts and feelings as she evolves throughout her journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her story is so epic that halfway through i checked to see if i accidentally purchased a novel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and moving. Reaffirms how lucky I am to have been born in the US.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't believe how she did this. Incredibly, she created a masterpiece of a life story. The best of the best TED talk too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story makes you appreciate your freedom and rights.
EmmabBooks More than 1 year ago
Life in North Korea, and after. This is a memoir about growing up in North Korea, escaping (almost my mistake) and finally living in South Korea. Hyeonseo Lee tells of her upbringing in North Korea - a country she loved (though there were plenty of downsides!), and its contrast with life just across the river in China. Hyeonseo Lee's story is fascinating, telling of how she was indoctrinated by the regime, the irritation of the enforced communal activities and the horrors of the famine of 1996. Her story is told as she saw it at the age she was writing about, with some retrospective comments. One of her first impressions of China was "I'd come from a world of black and white into one of Technicolor". She describes the enormous differences in the two countries and her problems with terrible homesickness. A book with so much drama and terrifying action it is hard to put down. There are useful maps at the beginning of the book, and photos midway through. The writing style is easy to read, though much of the subject matter is, of course, very thought provoking. A great read, particularly so with what is going on in the world at the moment. So good I have already bought a friend a copy, and have recommended it to many others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wow it is a great book
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Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved the book. It really makes me appreciate that I live in america. Praise God that she was able to be reunited with her family and all the help she had on her way.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Enlightening about how blessed we are in the USA. Well written.
Anonymous 8 months ago
An informative and inspiring read. Everyone should be aware of what the North Korean people are living with. Cudos to the author for her bravery and determination.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book really opened my eyes about life in North Korea,I was totally ignorant about the flagrant violations of human rights there.A totally engrossing read.
Anonymous 9 months ago
It was education letting me see another world that I cannot imagine or begin to fathom. The hard journey defecting to South Korea then having to learn a new way of life. And to keep going amazing
Anonymous 12 months ago
What a brave woman! I learned so much about North Korea. I am so grateful to live in this country a d have so much empathy for this family and the North Korean population.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Very good learned a lot
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great insight into a closed society and the power of indoctrination.
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Excellent sight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend