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Long Road Home

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Book about North Korea

When Kim Yong was three years old, his father was executed as a spy for the United States. The stigma of the father's guilt would forever limit his son's future, so Kim Yong's mother placed him in an orphanage for war orphans by giving him … see full wiki

Author: Kim Yong, Kim Suk-Young
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Date Published: May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-231-14746-0
1 review about Long Road Home

Amazing look into life in North Korea

  • Feb 8, 2011
"Long Road Home" is a biography written by Kim Suk-Young using transcripts of interviews with Kim Yong, but the book is written in first person like a memoir. It was a well-written, amazing story that kept my interest throughout. Kim Yong's story gave insight into many aspects of life in North Korea as well as describing what the penal camps were like and why people were sent there.

The introduction explained how Korea ended up as North and South Korea and other necessarily background information. The first part of the book (up until he got married at age 28) gave a broad overview of that period of his life with only a few, life-changing events told in detail. Afterward, much more detail was given, including graphic descriptions of how bad the suffering was.

There were black and white maps showing his escape route and the location of the two penal labor camps, including satellite maps of the camps. Overall, I'd highly recommend this memoir to those wanting to know more about life in North Korea.

I received an electronic review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

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