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Escape From Camp 14

One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West
Harden, Blaine (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Escape From Camp 14


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Twenty-six years ago, Shin Dong-hyuk was born inside Camp 14, one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea. This is the gripping, terrifying story of his escape from this no-exit prison-- to freedom in South Korea.
Authors: Harden, Blaine
Title: Escape from Camp 14
one man's remarkable odyssey from North Korea to freedom in the West
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2012
Characteristics: xvi, 205 p. :,ill., maps ;,22 cm
Contents: Never heard the word "love"
The boy who ate his mother's lunch
School days
The upper crust
Mother tries to escape
Mother tries to escape, version two
This son of a bitch won't do
The sun shines even on mouse holes
Avoiding mother's eyes
Reactionary son of a bitch
Working man
Napping on the farm
Sewing and snitching
Deciding not to snitch
Preparing to run
The fence
Stealing
Riding north
The border
China
Asylum
K'uredit k'adus
South Koreans are not so interested
U.S.A
Summary: Twenty-six years ago, Shin Dong-hyuk was born inside Camp 14, one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea. This is the gripping, terrifying story of his escape from this no-exit prison-- to freedom in South Korea.
ISBN: 9780143122913
0670023329
9780670023325
Statement of Responsibility: Blaine Harden
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Korea (North) Social conditions SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology HISTORY / Asia / Korea Forced labor Korea (North) Concentration camps Korea (North) Political prisoners Korea (North) Biography Shin, Dong-hyuk
Topical Term: SOCIAL SCIENCE Penology
HISTORY Asia Korea
Forced labor
Concentration camps
Political prisoners
LCCN: 2011037555
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Report This Apr 03, 2014
  • modestgoddess rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is like a scary fairy tale for adults - all the horrible, worst things you can think of that could happen, seem to happen in North Korean labour camps. I would put the book down for the night and turn out the light and lie there in the dark, thinking, "Right now, someone in NK is being tortured, because someone they know, tried to escape. People are being executed. They're being fed on salty cabbage soup and cornmeal porridge." I couldn't get my head around it - this kind of thing is only supposed to happen in fairy tales, and then there's a happily-ever-after - which there never is, in NK. How is this possible? This is a compelling tale, readably written, but not for the faint of heart. Definitely an education in man's inhumanity to man.

Report This Mar 03, 2014
  • simonbrenden rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A shocking book about the dictatorship in North Korea and the way that this regime has dehumanised so many of its people. Individuals who have escaped the camps find it so hard to settle into a democracy and blame themselves for things over which they were powerless. Individuals who constantly complain about Western democracies need to read this book and realise how lucky they are to live in a true democracy. I recommend everyone to read this book.

I read this for a school project, and it's one of those books that makes you feel guilty for sitting around in your pyjamas eating breakfast while reading it. Absolutely unbelievable atrocities are going on that I never knew about until a few short months ago. Everyone should read this book. Everyone should know about what's going on in North Korea. The world needs to stop ignoring this.

Report This Dec 15, 2013
  • Jeroman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply outstanding.

Report This Nov 24, 2013
  • Thai5357 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book! I could not put this down. Very interesting, and informative. Another book I'd like to recommend on NK life is "Nothing to Envy" by Demick.

Report This Nov 14, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a book! It was so powerful, and so horrifying that I actually became desensitized to the atrocities that North Koreans are subject to. The book is well cited, and the protagonists admission to the things he participated in make the memoir all the more believable. Side note - the author Blaine Harden is a journalist by trade and this is obvious in his writing style.

Report This Jul 12, 2013
  • JeanCaraRyan rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Heart wrenching and emotionally difficult to comprehend. Shares great insight into NK prison camps and life in NK as well as SK.

Report This Jul 08, 2013
  • lledomik rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing story that will have you shaking your head each time you have to remind yourself that it is true and not fiction. It is a story that everyone should read in order to understand the world better and be greatful that they live in such a wonderful country.

Report This Jun 04, 2013
  • briar_rose rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting read. I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't know about the concentration camps in North Korea. It's sad that it seems many people are uninterested in the human rights violations in this country. Nuclear warfare seems to be the only concern at this point.

Report This Jun 04, 2013
  • SkycycleX2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent telling of the incredible journey and escape from a North Korean concentration camp. Of course it's a horrible story but is very compelling and ends with some reserved hope. The author also writes about North Korea's history and situation. If one is interested in life there under one of the most brutal, unbendable tyrannies in history this is an informative and interesting read. My only complaint is that there is talk of human rights groups and activists that focus on North Korea but there doesn't seem to be any suggestion of how to deal with North Korea and its human rights violations.

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  • JayBortnik rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What's Jay Reading: Escape from Camp 14

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