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Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il Paperback – January 25, 2014
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Before this point I did not know anything about Michael Malice, and not much about North Korea other than the pop-culture nonsense of the world view of him as a crazy quirky dictator.
This book is created out of Malice's use of about 60~ different books *actually from North Korea* and hundreds of articles' worth of research actually from the DRPK, as well as stuff written by others who have gone there. He has actually been to the country and that's where he got the books.
The book is written like an autobiography. Some of it is adding dramatization to it and building as strong a timeline as you can build from brooks that were 'written' by Kim Jong Il himself, including ridiculous things that he claims to have happened. These may not be written by KJI himself. That's not clear to anyone.
Occasionally international events happen - the Axe Murder Incident, for one - as well as his father's actual revolution.
The style is chaotic and bombastic and uneasy to read at times, with little mentions to the horrific situation in North Korea (concentration camps, the caste system) that read as afterthoughts but spell much greater dangers to the country.
The ending, within the last 10 pages, is brutal, heartbreaking and emotionally draining.
I do not like to read these kings of books, and forced myself to, and I was glad I did.
Lately, I've had less interest in reading than ever before. I read at most a book a month. Most books I pick up I find impossible to finish because they fail to hold my interest. With a stroke of his pen, Malice has rekindled my love of the printed word into a flame of passion, for which I gratefully call him, "Dear Lighter."
The book is profound and seductive; the reader is taught the meaning of the personality cult by being invited to one. Like Milton's Satan, Malice's Kim Jung Il is a dazzling hero whose only defect is his utter and absolute cruelty. To read his story is to be moved by the plight of the Korean people before and after the rise of North Korean communism. The appeal of Kim Il Sung as a national hero, and Jung Il as his worthy successor, become vividly real in the context of the 20th Century and the role of the United States in Asia.
As in Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, we are charmed into admiration for the charismatic dictator so thoroughly that when his crimes are revealed we feel ourselves culpable. Don't read Dear Reader if you're looking for a political cartoon or a crude parody. Read it knowing that the uncomfortable truths you face may be about yourself.
The basest of human impulses is the desire to be ruled. Dear Reader exposes the true nature of power and corruption.
What we haven't had is a comprehensive look at the history of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from the perspective of the man who ruled it for nearly three decades. As unconventional as the author's literary approach might seem, it really is effective at conveying not only the immensity of the crimes committed under the auspices of Juche ideology but also the rationale behind the Kim Dynasty's atrocities. Which is fortunate, since the west knows next to nothing about the inner circle of the North Korean regime.
One of the methods Michael Malice uses to decrypt the ostensibly opaque reasoning behind the DPRK's actions on the world stage is taking the statements made by that country's leaders at face value. Instead of merely shaking his head and throwing up his hands at the absurdity of these seemingly implausible assertions, he assumes that Kim Jong-il and his subordinates are rational actors.Read more ›
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Michael Malice's book has been toted as good by so many people, that I had to take a look. It lives up to it's hype in every sense of the word I understand. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Naaden
I really enjoyed Michael Malice's masterpiece "Dear Reader"! It's an immediately hilarious satire of the worlds most in humane dictarorship. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard G. Klug 2
I expected it to be a lot more funnier after seeing the interview with the writer, who kept saying 'It's funny'. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Godlearner
Amazing telling of things from the Supreme Leaders eyes. Gives a hilarious but sad idea of the level of propaganda that exists in North Korea.Published 8 months ago by The Schaitel
A rather strange but insightful view from the supposed perspective of Kim Jong-Il.Published 8 months ago by jholland
Michael Malice is a juggalo at heart, full of magnets. How do they work?Published 10 months ago by Peter J. Beardsley
I would like to give this a higher rating, but the formatting for the Kindle version is horrible.
The footnotes are scattered randomly, the grammar is sporadic, and the notes... Read more