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Tears of Blood: A Korean POW's Fight for Freedom, Family, and Justice Paperback – September 24, 2012
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War, for lack of a better word, sucks. The populace does the bidding and suffers on account of the ideology of a few. We all know this, but this book brings this issue to the uncomfortable forefront. In one of the contradictions in the story, the author is forced to serve "the other side" in the prelude to the main story. Eventually, he fights for the South and is captured shortly before the ceasefire, and he is forced into hard labor. Here, again, complexities mount: another consequence of war is the displacement of people and the redrawing of territorial lines. Thus, the author's sole goal to get back to the South is muddied when he discovers part of his family is in the North. Further, to better his life and the life of his family in the North, he tries to become a Party member, something that can only be explained by this difficult and twisted story.
On a personal level, adding to the complexity, what the North has done with these POWs is unexcusable, but incredibly, after reading this book, for me, understandable. While their methods were inhumane, their motivations were logical. This understanding for me was unexpected. Finally, the firsthand uncomfortable account of the starvation makes me step back and question many things.Read more ›
I hope that more well written books translated from Korean to English will emerge. For translators interested in following this path, I recommend that they study the style presented by Paul Kim as a how-to reference point. Paul Kim removes the formalities of Korean speech. This decision by the translator was excellent because overly formalized text has been the norm in Korean-English translations.
The story is one of survival and endurance. Despite the hardships that Mr. Yoo endured, I found the book very interesting. I was very curious to know what would happen to him next. How he would handle each situation that he faced.
The writing was vivid, subtle, and nuanced. I could see the pictures that the author and translator were painting.
Coincidentally, I watched the movie, The Way Back (director Peter Weir), at the same time as reading this book.
Combining the two works at the same time was a good choice. One complimented the other.
disclaimer: I have know the translator and his family for over 10 years
The writing is very simple and straightforward...neither condemning, nor eloquent, just a retelling of this man's strength and courage to survive...just like many first-hand retellings by survivors of concentration camps in Poland.
I don't know how many people would chose to read this...my interest as I mentioned is because my family is linked with my daughter-in-law's Korean heritage.
mines after the Korean war.The author, one of the prisoners,escaped to South Korea and wrote this book.
President Carter should read this book because somehow he believes North Korea has better human right record than south.
South Korea is a true democratic country where freedom of speech,religion,assembly and press is guaranteed.
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I found this story moving on many levels: as a heroic story of a humble man's struggle to survive against great odds; as an eyewitness account of corruption and brutality in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dr. Stephen S. Bertman
This is a very good book about the suffering human beings inflict on other human beings, and the strength of a determined spirit. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Meemo
This is a very interesting account of the harsh living conditions and oppression in north Korea. Well written and translated.Published 20 months ago by Matt H
I bought this book because I had to write a research paper for history class. It ended up being a very interesting book to read, and at times I would catch myself reading large... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Vernon Garcia
Excellent book to better understand what's going on in north Korea today. What's keeping south Korea from getting more involved in these struggles?Published on December 30, 2013 by Evangelina Montenegro