A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa

Born in Japan, the author and his family were “repatriated” to a country none of them had ever been to before: North Korea. They soon discovered the promises of utopia and free healthcare, food, shelter, and a job were pretty much all lies. A River in Darkness tells a sad tale of trying to survive (and sometimes trying not to survive) and starvation under a brutal regime. It’s told simply and is relatively short so it read fast, but it’s an important story to help those on the outside know what life in North Korea is like. I recommend it to people interested in North Korea.

5 (out of 5) Stars

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Pages Read in 2019: 23,121
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