In Order to Live

In Order to Live

A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

Large Print - 2015
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"'I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.' Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die from starvation, or disease, or even execution. "In Order to Live" is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape to South Korea through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and her emergence as a leading human rights activist all before her twenty-first birthday. Park was born to a family of civil servants in the North Korean city of Hyesan, along the Chinese border. She grew up in a society in which the regime controls everything you do, everything you learn, where you go, what you say, even what you think. In this warped world, famine was a way of life and minor offenses, such as watching foreign videos, could prove fatal. Park's family was relatively privileged until her father, a party member, was arrested for smuggling. After that, life in North Korea became a ceaseless battle against starvation. Escaping with her mother, Park began a long journey of unspeakable hardship and degradation through China and Mongolia, which finally yielded her freedom in South Korea. Today Park is an influential leader of the younger generations of Korean dissidents and an internationally recognized advocate for human rights around the world.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410483386
141048338X
Branch Call Number: LP 325.210951 P2199I 2015
Characteristics: large print
417 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Vollers, Maryanne - Author

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moonjo
Oct 13, 2017

It always amazes me how gullible people are. This book is one of those that try to portray North Korea as horrible as possible. The author is one of those so-called celebrity North Korean defectors who are trying to sell their miserable stories in North Korea. The more sensational, the better. Everybody should stay away from this kind of stories, no matter how plausible they sound.

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jenna_alexandria
Oct 23, 2016

amazing book. Yeonmi definitely had a hard life. I felt the ending of the book was a bit rushed. She described her time in South Korea very brief.

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Lyndsay44
Sep 02, 2016

I really found this book amazing. That a girl so young could be so strong and do what she did to escape North Korea shows a wonderful strong Character. This is a must read book so we are aware of just what is happening in this country.

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mila797
Jun 25, 2016

Incredible book, filled with sadness and beauty. This book will change the way you see the world.

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Eil_1
Mar 10, 2016

Aside from military shows produced by North Korea, we know little about the abusive, totalitarian dictatorship of this country's leader. Yeonmi's story is one of a courageous girl/woman who struggled to survive. Since freedom, love and a sense of personal dignity are beyond the pale of the people of N.Korea, her first objective is to have enough to eat. Secondly, on arriving in S. Korea, she then begins her journey to understand and live the ethics we take for granted. It's an exceptional book and definitely worth reading.

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miaone
Mar 04, 2016

I read this and also The Girl with Seven Names by Hyonseo Lee, one right after the other, and I recommend them both highly. They have much in common in that their families were persecuted in N. Korea to the point that some family members escaped to China and beyond. But the two protagonists lived in dissimilar economic and social circumstances in N. Korea, and their escape routes were not at all the same. The families' experiences in surviving (or not) for each other, and their eventual new homes were so different that it's worth it to read both books. The subject is timely and relevant to the most recent headlines from N. Korea.

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gcarolann
Feb 16, 2016

One of the best biographies I have read: insightful look into the oppression of North Korea on its poorer citizens. Not only physical but mental and emotional. Her harrowing journey to safer places and to thinking as a free person makes for a book you will think about long after you finish reading.

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Oct 23, 2016

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deepinthought
Jul 12, 2016

"It's amazing how quickly a lie falls apart in the face of truth."

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