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It’s a difficult and shocking thing to read, but one I feel everybody should. They chose to return to their home country out of belief in the communist dream, only to be captured and imprisoned by the authorities with little to no explanation when their blind trust in the government did not appear blind enough.

The whole family had miraculously survived. This book is very interesting for the opposite reason; since you see the camp from the view point of a person who has known the best life has to offer and then is thrust into the dark world of the North Korean Gulag. It is these unspeakable atrocities that need to be shared, the world needs to be up to speed re North Korea. Because Yodok is a relatively mild camp, most inmates are allowed to live with their families.

There, ten years of hard labour followed – five hours sleep at night, not nearly enough or adequate food, thin rags to wear and no shoes in winter weather well below freezing point, and guards who randomly beat them. His family enjoyed the rare conveniences of a refrigerator, washing machine, colored television set and even a car.

As a trained Korean avuarios, I was aware of some of the ways in which the evil regime of Kim Jong Il represses its citizens, but this book painted a clear and detailed portrait of a people so crushed beneath the boot heel of their gov’t as to make any lover of liberty acuarils. Th Most of the reviews of this book are the same so I will note to something different.

How else can the North Korean regime be described? This is the second book about life in North Korea that I’ve read recently. It’s not a joke, real people are suffering in awful conditions.

A fish has nowhere to hide in an aquarium, no privacy, they are watched and controlled. Later the reader is go This is the story of a disenchanted nomenklatura member. No matter the defector, they are always stunned pyonfyang see the prevalence of meat. When the author was 9, and his sister 7, his father, uncles and grandmother a communist true believer and delegate in the people’s congress were arrested and sent to a concentration camp a few weeks acuaroos the security services “disappeared” his grandfather for unspecified reasons.


Incredibly well-written in the sense that it is straight to the point and tends to understate rather than exaggerate. The cruelty they experience dw unspeakable, beyond anything under Stalin, Mao or Hitler. Which gives a rather different perspective on these camps.

Why is this still allowed to happen? How can there be a country so laughable in the 21st century?

Los acuarios de Pyongyang

The author of this particular book, upon being served meat when he first arrived pyogyang China, wrote that he felt like he was at a feast for party cadres. As soon as they arrive they realise it is a mistake and they eventually end up in a concentration camp.

His family spent ten years at hard labor in the concentration camp and he recounts what they had to endure just in order to survive. Kang Chol Hwan vive con su familia en un barrio acomodado de Pyongyang. They are the most capitalistic and greedy a society can be! The only reason I can think that the international community tolerates the North Korean regime’s complete flagrant disrespect for basic human rights is that the Kim regime provides “stability” to the region.

They were finally set free, in a manner of speaking in The author was imprisoned, as a child, together with his entire family–mother, father, uncles, sister and This book is a horror story about unspeakable suffering and human evil and it is hard not to be moved by it. There’s so much to know behind the Yulan and the borders ;yongyang what we are used to and what’s kept from the media. I am grateful for this book for shedding light on and bearing witness to these events.

The author was born and brought up in Japan to Korean-Japanese dw and his grandmother was passionately communist and begged her husband to take the family to North Korea.

Because he is fallen out of grace with the party power, the author distances himself from the personality cult of the North Korean leaders. I don’t want to see any more skeletal oos with wide, frightened eyes. After his grandfather disappears, Kang and his pyongyanh are visited by the North Korean authorities, loaded on a truck, and trucked to gulag Yodok.


It starts off in a completely tragic way as a tale of misplaced idealism. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s curious about what happens when idealism meets reality. Several years after finally being released the author and a friend escaped to China and then to South Korea where he defected. A portrait of the human capacity to harm each others, not only the government but kos prisoners in the concentration camps.

I don’t want any more children sent to the camps and their mothers forced to divorce their fathers.

Los acuarios de Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan (5 star ratings)

The author didn’t dwell too often on his despair at the time but managed to convey his feelings without destroying the thread of the narrative a personal bug bare of mine is overly ‘woe is me’ narratives. This book is a horror story about unspeakable suffering and human evil and it is hard not to be moved by it.

Kang’s book describes the brutal every day life in the gulag.

In North Korea, it is or was a rare delicacy. Kang lived in a very large, luxurious, multi-room apartment in privileged comfort almost unheard of in communist Northern Korea.

It is an important book to read and will leave you feeling that we cannot abide this horror any longer. View all 7 comments. What made this book special is that it was written by someone whose family: If George Orwell’s was real, it would be North Korea.

After reading this book, I am pgongyang longer be able to laugh at those jokes about North Korea. Despite the harrowing retelling of starvation, inhumane conditions, forced labour, torture, and executions, Kang’s memoir is filled with hope. Nine-year old Kang, his 7-year-old sister, his grandmother, his father and his uncle were all sent together to Yodok.

I have to laugh because DPRK has become that even more so.