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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to… (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Blaine Harden

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Title:Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
Authors:Blaine Harden
Info:Viking Adult (2012), Hardcover, 224 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
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Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden (2012)

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    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (rebeccanyc)
    rebeccanyc: Demick's book explores the lives of several people who lived in and escaped from North Korea, while Harden's focuses on one individual who was born in and escaped from a North Korean slave labor camp. The two books complement each other.
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    Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad by Melanie Kirkpatrick (one-horse.library)
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    Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum (rebeccanyc)
    rebeccanyc: Harden's book describes life within one specific slave labor camp in North Korea, and Applebaum's explores the Soviet Gulag in depth, making use of Soviet archives and prisoners' writings.
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    The Aquariums of Pyongyang by Chol-hwan Kang (ecureuil)
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Photo of Shin Dong-hyuk from NY Times.

Escape from Camp 14 shows the life inside North Korean death camp. This truly unique story describes the life of Shin Dong-hyuk, who was born in the camp, raised in the camp and miraculously escaped from it when he was 23 years old.
What I liked about this book is that the author writes the life story of Shin and at the same time gives us the facts about life in North Korea. For example, the government started turning off electricity not only on scheduled hours, but also randomly. Why? So that police, who raids the houses after that, could caught people, who watched movies on videotapes (they stuck in video players if electricity is out). And throw them in the same death camp, as the one Shin escaped from.
North Korea is the only country in the world, who demanded that they solely would transfer food aid, supported by the US during the famine. Why would they want to do that?
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  otikhonova | Dec 8, 2014 |
A unique document dealing with a fundamental question of life. What does it mean to be human? ( )
  mtnmdjd | Nov 6, 2014 |
This look at one man's experience of being born and raised in an unacknowledged concentration camp in North Korea was fascinating and repelling. The idea that humans still treat each other with such cruelty is depressing and disheartening. I also found the emotional effects on Shin to be depressing. Even though he escaped his physical prison, the effect on his brain and emotional development means he is still trapped and life continues to be difficult. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Sep 17, 2014 |
Horrific. Enlightening. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
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There is no "human rights issue" in this country, as everyone leads the most dignified and happy life. -- [North] Korean Central News Agency, March 6, 2009
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For North Koreans who remain in the camps
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Nine years after his mother's hanging, Shin squirmed through an electric fence and ran off through the snow.
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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.
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A New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived.

North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin's Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped. But Shin Donghyuk did.

In Escape from Camp 14, acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk and through the lens of Shin's life unlocks the secrets of the world's most repressive totalitarian state. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence-he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family. Through Harden's harrowing narrative of Shin's life and remarkable escape, he offers an unequaled inside account of one of the world's darkest nations and a riveting tale of endurance, courage, and survival.

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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.

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