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In order to live : a North Korean girl's journey to freedom /
Publication year: 2016
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780241973035 (pbk): 0241973031 :
Originally published: New York: Penguin, 2015.
'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. This book is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and then her escape from China across the Gobi desert to Mongolia, with only the stars to guide her way, and from there to South Korea and at last to freedom; and finally her emergence as a leading human rights activist - all before her 21st birthday.
Pages 273 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black
‘When you have so little, just the smallest thing can make you happy’ Reflecting on her past experiences, Yeonmi Park shares a deeply moving account of her childhood in North Korea, and her subsequent escape from its totalitarian regime. ‘In Order To Live’ offers a rare glimpse into a world not often shown in mainstream media and has the potential to completely change your perspective on life and how it should be lived. An eye opening and impactful memoir that inspires hope, resilience, and gratitude for the all things in life we may currently take for granted.
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