The Girl With Seven Names

The Girl With Seven Names

A North Korean Defector's Story

Book - 2015
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In 1997 the author, aged 17, escaped North Korea for China. Her mother's first words over the telephone to her lost daughter were "don't come back". The reprisals for all of them would have been lethal. Twelve years later she returned to the North Korean border in a daring mission to spirit her mother and brother to South Korea in a very costly and dangerous journey. This eloquent book offers the first credible account of ordinary life in North Korea and gives an extraordinary insight into the life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships.
Publisher: London :, William Collins,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780007554843
Characteristics: xvi, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: John, David 1966-- Author
Alternative Title: Girl with 7 names


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Mar 20, 2018

Wonderful book--in depth study of North Korean culture through the eyes of a girl who risked her life in breaking through.

Feb 22, 2018

Among the BEST books that I have read. A cliff-hanger and a wonderful peek into how life is lived in North Korea. The writing captured the emotional sense of each twist and turn. An AMAZING story, extremely well told.

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.

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.

May 19, 2017

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

Apr 24, 2017

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

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.

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.

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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