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Published by Macmillan on July 21st 2015
Genres: Asia, Biography & Autobiography, Cultural Heritage, History, Korea, Personal Memoirs, Social Activists
Source: St. Martin's Press
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Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated.By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun was in danger of the same. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete. Before finally reaching South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family would live homeless, fall into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survive a North Korean labor camp, and cross the deserts of Mongolia on foot.Now, Eunsun is sharing her remarkable story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence. Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
I’ve always been a person that is picky on the memoirs that I read because I get bored with them so easily. When I got this one in the mail, I debated about whether I was going to review it. I decided to give it a try to found it so heartbreaking.
Eunsun’s journey is a hard and long one. She is very inspiring to those around her. She was able to go through so much and still survivie. Eunsum Kim was 11 years old when she started her journey trying to leave North Korea. North Koreans were starving in the mid 1990s. Eunsun’s father died from starvation. Eunsun’s mother was determined to get Kim and her sister out. The Kim family fled to China, where they were taken in by human smugglers and sold as sex slaves. The Kim family endured a lot in order to stay out of North Korea.
I feel like this book brought the situation in North Korea to a true light. This book really opens a readers eyes to what happens in North Korea and how horrible it is there. Eunsun’s story really shows how a person has the will and strength to survive. “A Thousand Miles to Freedom” is a really good memoir.