Book Reviews of The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
The Aquariums of Pyongyang Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
Author: Kang Chol-Hwan, Pierre Rigoulot, Chor-Hwan Kang
ISBN-13: 9780465011025
ISBN-10: 0465011020
Publication Date: 9/2002
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Basic Books
Book Type: Paperback
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A well-written and harrowing first-person account of life in a North Korean prison camp.
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I found this book extremely interesting, because glimpses into North Korea are so limited. Of course, you have the gruesome aspects of the gulag, but, the perspective on daily living (pre-famine) were so interesting.
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A heartbreaking true account of life in North Korea, when just for owning a piece of land, you can be sent to prison for 10 years, even if you didn't own it, but your grandfather did!! They were only given a small amount of corn steamed into a cereal form each day, and punished by no food at all many times. They were so hungry, they trapped rats and learned to love them. I am not a good reviewer, but this is a fascinating, very engaging memoir...eventually he escapes to South Korea, and then to America.It is amazing he withstood 10 long years of this torture and sadness. You will love this book!