The Girl With Seven Names

The Girl With Seven Names

A North Korean Defector's Story

eBook - 2015
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told "the best on the planet"? Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family. She could not return, since rumours of her escape were spreading, and she and her family could incur the punishments of the government authorities – involving imprisonment, torture, and possible public execution. Hyeonseo instead remained in China and rapidly learned Chinese in an effort to adapt and survive. Twelve years and two lifetimes later, she would return to the North Korean border in a daring mission to spirit her mother and brother to South Korea, on one of the most arduous, costly and dangerous journeys imaginable. This is the unique story not only of Hyeonseo's escape from the darkness into the light, but also of her coming of age, education and the resolve she found to rebuild her life – not once, but twice – first in China, then in South Korea. Strong, brave and eloquent, this memoir is a triumph of her remarkable spirit.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780007554867
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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PimaLib_LoisM Jun 29, 2017

This is an amazing book that I could not put down. The author was so brave to attempt and succeed in escaping from North Korea into China and eventually South Korea. Lee gives us an inside look into how North Koreans are indoctrinated from birth on; and the difficulties they face in learning ho... Read More »


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LucasHill
Sep 25, 2017

I have read better narratives and stories about North Korea, such as The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson and A Kim Il-Jung Production by Paul Fischer. This story was too halting for my tastes (the author likes to uses phrases such as "What happened next was to test me more than anything had before.") I suppose I would use the term melodramatic for this book.

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jericho_0
Jul 21, 2017

This book gives great insight into what it is like to grow up in North Korea. The book was an interesting read that I couldn't put down. Highly recommend reading this book.

PimaLib_LoisM Jun 29, 2017

This is an amazing book that I could not put down. The author was so brave to attempt and succeed in escaping from North Korea into China and eventually South Korea. Lee gives us an inside look into how North Koreans are indoctrinated from birth on; and the difficulties they face in learning how to learn to live in a free society after growing up in North Korea.

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Madreley
May 19, 2017

Very good book into the daily lives of North Koreans, and the crazy regime that keeps them in submission through fear.

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gwebisu
Apr 24, 2017

Fascinating look at a frightening country; the author's and family's escapes read like a thriller

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jackhwolf
Apr 21, 2017

A fascinating frank depiction of life in North Korea and along the escape pipeline. A page turner that I could not put down and is a must read for anybody interested in the current political situation.

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k2togssk
Jun 21, 2016

First-hand account of growing up in and then defecting from North Korea. In reading a few of these memoirs, it is important to note the very different pathways a male vs a female N. Korean refugee are forced to take to find a different life.

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Kate50_1
May 11, 2016

An amazing account of what it is like to live in North Korea and what it takes for someone to defect. Her story is one of the few that you hear about escaping a communist country.

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Jane_Sm
Apr 07, 2016

Fascinating to read, about life in North Korea, her struggle to escape, and life elsewhere. Very painful to realize the ongoing pain, suspicion and hostility between North and South Koreans.

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McBainF1
Mar 07, 2016

An amazing story to read and so sad to consider. Many different emotions are brought up. We are so fortunate. I highly recommend this book.

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