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Ls about the inner workings f NK s leadership how Kim Jong Il about to be passed Cutthroat over as Kim Il Sung s dynastic successor worked behind the scenes to elevate the partyver the military creating the personality cult An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims of Kim Il Sung while at the same time making the Great Leader a figurehead and himself the Dear Leader the actual ruler pulling all the strands from the centerf the web He explains how Kim Jong Il s feckless mismanagement created the famine The Claiming of the Shrew of the late 1990s how NK s apparently self destructive strategies in dealing with theutside world and South Korea asking for aid while at the same time provoking military confrontations with the South Korean Navy were perceived by the leadership as the smart thing to do how NK internal propaganda and almost all the articles about the Summoned outside world in the NK press are wholly written from scratch by anonymous men working for various NK propaganda agenciesWhat drove this well placed comfortable memberf the inner circle to defect A vacation visit to his home town at the height f the famine and the sudden realization that everything about North Korea was a lie Or so he says Yes I don t fully trust this defector either I have to assume he whitewashes his wn actions both before and after his defection and that we re hearing nly those parts f the story he wants us to hear One detail that sticks with me he had been living with his parents before his defection and although he iterates several examples Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return of NK sfficial guilt by association policy wherein entire families are arrested and sent to prison camps for crimes committed by just Dead Inside one memberf the family he never mentions the fate f his mother and father never speculates about what may have happened to them after his escapeThe contrast between what this defector says about how the government f North Korea works and the speculations The Taste of Spruce Gum offered byutsiders in those ther nonfiction books I mentioned at the beginning f this review is a stark She Stoops to Conquer one Outsiders truly cannot understand how things really work in that benighted country What this guy says rings true Of course I don t know whetherr not it is true but Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile once he made it to Seoul he was debriefed for eight months and North Korea haspenly said he s marked for assassination Those are to me persuasive arguments in his favorIf you re the least bit interested in North Korea this book needs to be Orb on your reading list I am not sure what to makef this book It reads like an The Dandy and Lady Penelope over the top adventure yarn and I have no doubt that escaping North Korea is a harrowingrdeal r that the author experienced something very much like what is described Nor do I doubt that the author really was a member f Kim Jong il s inner circle who worked for the UFD as a poet and author But Multi-Family Therapy outside those broadutlines I am not sure how much f the book to believeFor starters Jang Jin sung is not the author s real name it is his pen name as he states toward the end I understand that this is in part to protect friends and family members who remain back in North Korea who would be subject to terrible reprisals if his real identity were known But surely the North Koreans must know who he is after all how many poet laureates could there be
In fact he that he is threatened regularly with assassination by fact he recounts that he is threatened regularly with assassination by North Koreans so his family must in fact be very well known to the North Korean security forces Then there is the curious fact mentioned almost in passing that ne f his relatives is the representative to the Middle East for North Korean arms dealing who annually gave a 10 million dollar gift to Kim Jong il and showers his family members back in the North with Mercedes Benz automobiles Did this strike anyone ther than me as bizarre Finally there is the statement by the translator regretting that the whole story with all its details could not be told and that the truth would emerge ver time I am paraphrasing So my basic uestion is what was mitted what was made up and what was really trueMake no mistake I understand the author s need for discretion and I am not being critical I read this book almost straight through it was that compelling especially the details about working for the UFD life in North Korea and in particular his meetings with Kim Jung il I am rating this four stars and I recommend that anyone with an interest in North Korea give it a look I had thought that after reading the terrifying inimitable and heart stopping Nothing to Envy that there wouldn t by any shocks for me left in the world A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged of North Korea I felt that I was prepared mentally if not emotionally to readnce again about the horrors faced by North Koreans however I was completely wrong Jang was an elite Think good thoughts about a pussycat one who was personally favored by the Kim family who had access to state secrets such as North Korea abducting citizens fromther countries to indoctrinate them One, Two, Three Me or purposely sending attractive North Korean womenut to become pregnant by men who are ethnically diverse so as to have better spies in a few generations and who was educated which lent to a very thoughtful and poignant biography about his escape from North KoreaJang had been strictly kept in the capital f Pyongyang and so it wasn t until revisiting his home town did he truly understand the desperation f people to survive His Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos old neighbors had starved to death the trees were stripped baref bark and foliage but he still received his party rations in Pyongyang which mostly came from relief boxes dropped from ther countries Shortly after he made his flight to China and the journey was just heartbreaking He takes you n the same emotional journey that he went Tea for Ruby on the realization that he was helping an evil regime the desperation to reach South Korea and try and spread the word Let him take youn this journey Learn about the most secretive country in the world the horrors that the people face the human rights depravities that they have become accustomed to Recommend for everyone along with Nothing to Envy This book completely blew my mind Despite having to struggle with the names and acronyms I cou. Korea's State Poet Laureate Jang Jin sung led a charmed life With food provisions even as the country suffered through its great famine a travel pass access to strictly censored information and audiences with Kim Jong il himself his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure But this privileged existence was about to be shattered When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to Only few books can make me stay awake for than 24 hours when in the next morning I have to wake up early for university and Dear Leader is The Life of Saint Philip Neri onef them I couldn t put it down no matter what and it even made me cry at five in the morning I already had some information about what goes n in North Korea f ppression but this book gave me lot f new information that at several times left me with a dropped jaw and anger Although I am not that much happy where I live and war I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 or bombings happen from years to years I really feel so lucky and privileged that I was born here and not in North Korea The worth thing ever is living a life with no freedom I hope with allf my heart that The Whistle Pig one day the peoplef North Korea will know freedom I m divided in how I feel about this book On the ne hand hearing a perspective from a high ranking insider with several brief encounters with Kim Jong Il was very interesting I wished to hear about the life f the privileged in the regime but h well Throughout the book I did find myself uestioning how much was embellished Maybe embellished isn t the world but perhaps whitewashed is better Jang always portrays himself as a morally courageous but I m left wondering It s a memoir so ne has to expect choice parts to make for the best story for the author are to be told So Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things overall interesting look insidef North Korea with some parts reading like a bit A Stepdaughter In Heat of a poetic license was taken The next day after I finished reading this book Kim Jong Nam was assassinated in Malaysia An event which tally with the account inside the bookn how the worker party purge its wn people for their struggle for powerThe book was written very much like a novel One f my friend drop Rufus off halfway reading it saying that it must not be true I can t find a proof that the account was fake so as for me it should be true unless proventherwiseJang story wake something inside me that is above all we are just human Many people along his journey for freedom have help him feed him provide shelter as they see him as a fellow human being in need f help The pain and suffering from a brutal ideology with political power reminds me f the writing You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series of Anne FrankThey all remind us that above all we are all the same A fellow human being Actual rating 35 starsI ve read several nonfiction books purporting to explain life inside North Korea butnly ne ther by an actual defector That book was Escape from Camp 14 One Man s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West It was the story Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice of Shin Dong hyuk as told to American journalist Blaine Harden who actually wrote the book My reviewf Escape from Camp 14 included these commentsAn interesting but curiously flat and skimpy retelling f a North Korean prison camp escapee s story Something is missing here I expected a dramatic compelling story And this ne is necessarily full The Cowboys of holes because the escapee sharesnly the basic Sins of Treachery outlinef his tale with the American journalist who tells it He never really pens up and my reaction is ne My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City of suspicion notf the journalist but f the escapee himself He says any ther prisoner would have done what he did ratting ut his mother and brother
to prison guards and then watching their execution He says he felt nothing that he prison guards and then
Watching Their Execution He Says their execution He says felt nothing that he what he was trained to do And yet he knows what he did was shameful and wrong because for months afterward he lied about it We are told that no ne not ne person ever has escaped from this particular prison camp Yet members f his wn imprisoned family almost casually it seems planned an
Escape And His Own and his wn and travel to China sounds suspiciously easy he lingered in the village next to the camp for several days and no ne came looking for him Give me a break These parts f his story ring falseThis defector s tale is different One it was written by the defector Jang Jin Sung himself Two the defector was an educated man a party cadre and a high level member Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories of North Korea s leadershipne グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] of the admitted a man who had notnly met the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il but who lived and worked under the Dear Leader s personal protection as his poet laureate In addition to his duties as state poet he worked in the nly North Korean party agency with access to information from the utside world He was remarkably well placed a trusted inner circle functionary probably ne f the most high value defectors ever to escape the regimeAnd three there was nothing suspiciously easy about Jang Jin Sung s escape I have always understood that North Korea has agents in the Chinese border region placed there to capture escapees and that China takes an active role in helping NK track them down What I didn t know was just how extensive the dragnet is between NK and China it is incredibly difficult for escapees to evade capture in the border regions and make it all the way to the South Korean embassy in Beijing and even there hundreds The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within of miles from NK many are captured and turned backver to NK agents yet thousands The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry of incredibly brave and determined escapees have made their way to freedomJang Jin Sung almost didn t He escaped along with a friend another memberf the inner circle As soon as they crossed File Under: Arson over the frozen Tumen river into China the North Korean government alerted Chinese authorities they were wanted for murder and they had to evade an intense manhunt They were able to get limited and begrudging help from a few ethnic Korean Chinese citizens but generally faced nothing but distrust and threats to turn them in Jang Jin Sung s friend was eventually cornered jumpingff a cliff to his death to avoid capture Thirty seven days after crossing into China Jang Jin Sung finally was able to contact a South Korean journalist working in Beijing a man who immediately realized the value Wicked Sense of what Jang Jin Sung knew and put him in touch with South Korean intelligence agents who were able to sneak him past Chinese guards into the embassy in BeijingThe escape evasion portionf the book is ne cliff hanger after another guaranteed to keep you n the edge f your seat Eually riveting is what Jang Jin Sung revea. In this rare insider's view into contemporary North Korea a high ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong il and his breathtaking escape to freedom The General will now enter the room Everyone turns to stone Not moving my head I direct my eyes to a point halfway up the archway where Kim Jong il's face will soon appearAs North. .
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Ldn t put it down This political autobiography f a poet brainwashed to use language nly to serve the dictatorship is way a long way from my usual literary tree but this demands suspension f disbelief just as any fairy story might do It pens the closed and cruel institution f dictatorship leaving the uestion Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training of whether humanity will ever get past crowd behaviours and primal fears which render us vulnerable again and again and again to madmen Think Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguror The Handmaid s Tale Brave New World The Texan Meets His Match or 1984 but for real I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to pry into the topicf powerful closed institutions like prisons religions r tyrannical states I really wanted to like this book a lot Anyone who gets ut f North Korea is entitled to all the indulgence I can afford But this ne is just too fairy tale like Some The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) of Jang s memories are filled with descriptions like He looked at me with a smile and the twof us scampered Blue Guide New York off like playful childrenOne too many such descriptions and it all began to sound fake One also has to give strong consideration to the author s callousness in not understanding the dangerous predicament those who were in a position to help him found themselves in He seems to think that hiswn freedom is f paramount importance but damn those people who didn t help him In fact after Jang gets to South Korea and freedom he makes a casual inuiry as to the well being f some f the Chinese who put their lives at risk by helping him Some cannot be reached Oh well casualties f Jang s uest for personal freedom Much as I enjoyed the rollicking story these things bother me and detract from the uality Garden of The Gods of the narrative This is an amazing book providing very intriguing insights into the lifef the most bizarre and secretive regime in the world North Korea This regime being the nly remaining time warped expression f a Stalinist state in its purest and most paradoxically form has always held a great fascination for me I never visited Real Socialism countries so I missed the historical boat now that none such states are left apart from North Korea I was very attracted to the idea The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now of visiting North Korea against my wife spinion but I must admit that after reading this book I have seriously reconsidered it The author f this book is ne Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments of the many defectors who escaped from this uniue country in the last several years with the difference that he being a very high rankedfficial Goig of the regime did have access to the inner workings and secretsf this regime The picture depicted by the author is Where Alligators Sleep of a bizarre common sense defying regime presenting a mixturef Stalinist feudal Orwellian ultra national militaristic traits where everything is devoted to the personality cult Saraswati Park of the Dear Leader a cult resembling in some parts to thatf some extreme religious sects To be completely balanced it is difficult to critiue the legitimacy Ten Weeks with Chinese Bandits of somef the claims by the I like to read speculative fiction science fiction and fantasy and this may as well be The socio political situation described in North Korea is as alien as something dreamed up by George Orwell r Philip K DickThe author was a state sponsored poet actually a high ranking member f the controlling workers party and got to see behind the wizard s curtain realizing finally that all the propaganda about Dear Leader the moniker used for the ruling Kim was a load Young And Naive, Wasted Years of horses He decided to leave defect and this is his story as a fugitive from this ridiculouslyppressive regimeJang Jin sung left North Korea and went NORTH into communist China So I had to ask How bad is communist North Korea when the guy defects to another communist country Pretty damn bad Poverty starvation and rampant almost surreal corruption at the highest levels Orwell s comments in Animal Farm about some animals being eual than thers applies here as high ranking party members get special treatment while the working class I thought they were ALL workers eat GRAINS f rice and that s not hyperbole that was Israeli Soldier Girl onef the anecdotes he sharedThis book also made me think about the vast canyon like divide between the political climate in the United States and North Korea Ideologically I am a libertarian but politically I am apathetic as I see no viable party that represents my interests I can choose to ignore politics participate enthusiastically Understories or be a hate mongering cynicr any combination These poor North Koreans have somehow bought into a generations long mass hypnosis They seem to actually believe Dear Leader is some kind Commissar of godn earthCheck ut this National Geographic documentary about life in North Korea and how brainwashed these poor folks are
i could notcould not in my wildest dreams some western politician getting away with even a fraction f the shenanigans these North Korean leaders skip n with a free pass A politician here makes a statement and there is a team f fact checkers dissecting and commenting upon every misuote and condemning every misrepresentation to the nth degree And that is not even considering the gross civil rights violations and the slapstick joke The Firebrand Legacy of due process they havever thereThroughout his escape and fugitive narrative Jang looks back to provide a history Making Instruments Count of North Korea and the developmentf the Kim family cult The Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About Gestational Surrogacy For Young Children of personality Here is another examplef the great differences between North Korea and most f the rest f the world While political leaders and monarchs may be popular r treated with respect the North Korean fervor
towards the Leader heightened and maintained by rigid military etiuette throughoutthe Leader heightened and maintained by rigid military etiuette throughout seems completely foreign and unnatural This is demi god worship and in the twenty first centuryBut at least in North Korea might makes right Kim and his ilk have the guns dogs and ther methods Treat of public execution and various and sundry meansf internal intimidation I write with levity because the situation this book describes is so Ramayana Vol 1 off the charts bad that I must either laughr cry Jang Jin sung has given us literally at the risk f his life this glimpse into hell n earth Riveting. Friend goes missing Jang Jin sung must flee for his lifeNever before has a member f the elite described the inner workings f this totalitarian state and its propaganda machine An astonishing expose told through the heart stopping story f Jang Jin sung's escape to South Korea Dear Leader is a rare and unprecedented insight into the world's most secretive and repressive regi.