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Synopsis:

Somewhere Inside tells of the story of how Laura Ling and her co-worker Euna were held captive for over 140 days in a jail in one of the most isolated countries in the world : North Korea. Laura and her crew were taping a documentary on defectors from North Korea that escape over the Chines/NK border. The South Korean/NK border is the most highly guarded border in the world. SK is a free country with a constitution. The US and SK citizens are not aloud to travel to NK unless they have authorization from the govn’t and visa versa. Those that make it over the border into China are helped to escape to SK by underground groups in South Korea and others (less fortunate) are left to fend for themselves. Women are usually sold into sex slavery or marriage. While on the border her guide accidentally took them over the NK border. NK is a highly guarded country that has been run by Kim Jung Il and his father, Kim Il Sung  before. These leaders have kept the country tightly secured only letting there Communist propaganda be shown. The people there know only what Kim wants them to hear. Laura and Euna are arrested and spend 140 days in jail. They are interrogated and used as pawns during one of the most tense times in the history of US / NK relations or non relations.

Critique:

This has to be one of the best books I have ready. You see inside the “Hermit Kingdom” and come to understand the people there. You come to see why they believe the way they do about the US and also how proud they feel about there own country. (even if they are behind in technologies and experience water and electric shortages daily) The people that Laura encounters (her guards) show her that even though they live in this society, they are people too and we can all relate to each other on some level. You also get to hear Lisa (her sister’s) story on how she had reached out to government officials during this tense time. The intense situation that they were put through will keep you on the edge of your seat. These 2 women were put in the worst possible situation and had the entire worlds safety on there shoulders. This was a worse situation than being imprisoned in Iraq.  The book was seriously amazing. I couldn’t believe it was a true story.

I know this was long but I feel strongly about the liberation of NK and there people. This is an amazing book!!

<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 (10) ^_^

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Synopsis:

The Red Scarf Girl is a non-fiction book about Ji-Li Jiang and her family in China during Emperor Mao Zi Dong’s reign.  It follows Ji-Li while her entire life changes before her eyes. She had a great family that was respected in the community. She was at the top of her class. When her beloved Emperor Mao Zi Dong instituted the Cultural Reformation her entire life was turned upside down.

Critique:

This was a great book. It was kind of like Diary of Ann Frank but in China. You are taken on this journey with Ji-Li. You can see why she was so supportive of the Communist Party and the promises they made. But as the book goes on the truth continues to show itself and you are taken on a roller coaster with her.

I am very interested in other cultures so if that is your thing too then you will definitely like this book.

<3<3< (1/2) out of 5

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