The Aquariums of Pyongyang
Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
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North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent opposition movements and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal concentration camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the first survivor of one of these camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this record of one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history. New edition with a new preface by the author.
This book is extremely powerful. The story is so amazing and heart wrenching that I found myself wishing it was fiction. The graphic description of the horrors suffered in the gulags seem more like something found in a movie than something that really happened.. and continues to happen!. Being an American makes it hard for me to relate to the reality of the authors life, but that doesnt mean I was any less moved by his story. I recommend this book to anybody interested in North Korea, Communism etc. I would like to finish by thanking the author for having the courage to share his story with the world.
Truly eye opening read!!!! Not knowing much about North Korea this book opened the door on a brutal regime and gives witness to the human atrocities!! A must read!
The Aquariu,s of Pyongyang
This book gives you an excellent insight of North Korea and North Korean prison camps. You really see how daily North Korean life is controlled by the government and how brutal prison camps are.