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
Riding north
The border
K'uredit k'adus
South Koreans are not so interested
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: 9780670023325
Statement of Responsibility: Blaine Harden
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Shin, Dong-hyuk Political prisoners Korea (North) Biography Concentration camps Korea (North) Forced labor Korea (North) HISTORY / Asia / Korea SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology Korea (North) Social conditions
Topical Term: Political prisoners
Concentration camps
Forced labor
HISTORY Asia Korea
LCCN: 2011037555
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Oct 22, 2014
  • notthatjenn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Escaping the inescapable North Korean prison camps is an incredible story, but this narrative suffers from a lack of pathos. I don't know if it's the writer who failed to convey the true horror or Shin Dong-hyuk who was unable or unwilling to provide the necessary details, but what should have been a nuclear bomb of a book fails to engage on the human level, which is what we need to understand such extraordinary depths of cruelty.

Sep 12, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The story of an inmate born into a North Korean prison camp for the sins of his fathers. A harrowing tale that should be read by everyone to shine some light on a brutal regime.

See modestgoddess's review below. I whole-heartedly concur, and encountered the same thoughts and feelings. If you want to know what things are really like in the secret state of North Korea, read this book.

May 21, 2014
  • dairyqueen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very engaging memoir from a young man who escapes Camp 14 in North Korea.

Escape From Camp 14 is a book based off a true story about a man who was born in a North Korea labor camp who has no knowledge of life outside the camp and his journey to escape the hard labor he is forced to do every day. This book is incredibly informative, it opened my eyes to how truly awful the North Korean leaders are. People are sent to hard labor for the rest of their lives if they commit a crime. This book kept me wanting more and more as I read, and the more and more I read I become emotionally connected to the people who are still in the labor camps today that are beaten frequently and severely malnourished. The book was very well written and easy to follow. I was never confused throughout the book and always knew what was going on. It made me imagine in made head what was going on very clearly. This book made me realize how lucky I am to live in a developed country that does not have corrupt leaders. I would recommend this book to everyone because I believe everyone should know what is happening in North Korea and how they cover it up. I give Escape From Camp 14 a 8/10. The gruesome truth about North Korea I learned from reading this book changed the way I look at the world and to see how fortunate some of us in the world. If you do end up reading Escape From Camp 14 remember that this is a TRUE story.

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.

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.

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

Simply outstanding.

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.

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May 06, 2014
  • MSC1002 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Behind the wall of silence: Escape from Camp 14

An interview and discussion with Shin Dong-hyuk who was born in, and escaped from Camp 14 in North Korea. The interview is conducted by the Frontline Club, London

Dec 28, 2012
  • JayBortnik rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What's Jay Reading: Escape from Camp 14

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Video trailer for Escape from Camp 14. Made by author, who lives in Seattle

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