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4.0 out of 5 stars Totalitarianism and White Slavery in North Korea, April 28, 2012
This review is from: All Woman and Springtime (Hardcover)
North Korea is a place of severe hardship, where food is in very short supply and the hierarchy of life is a given. The life of the people in North Korea is known as Chosun and Songbun is their status. "Juche was the cornerstone on which the great Chosun nation was founded. It was a philosophy of self-sufficiency and cultural superiority - the ideal socialism". All the citizens are expected to worship the Great Leader and not prostrating oneself in front of a photograph of him is enough to be sent to jail. If the photographs are hung up unevenly or not dusted well enough, that too is enough to be jailed. The people all know that their country is lacking in food and work but they must pretend that things are okay. It is a life of pretense and fear. "The facade of the functioning of the state was more important than the well-being of the people."

This is a novel of fear and totalitarianism. It is the story of white slavery and the abuse of women by those in power. It is an eye-opening novel of a nation's terrorism and sadism toward people who do not act the right way.

It is also the story of Gyong-Ho and Il-Sun, two seventeen year-old women who have been together in an orphanage since they were children. There they had little to eat and few possessions. They worked in a factory sewing clothes and had no right to expect to advance further than this though Il-Sun wants more for herself. Il-Sun is very outgoing and beautiful while Gyong-Ho is a savant with number, craving to learn about the physical world. They end up being traded into the world of sex slavery.

The book is somewhat simplified in its writing, as though it were written down so that it could attract a larger audience. I felt that there was a young adult feel to the writing though the subjects and themes of the book are very adult.
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Initial post: Apr 28, 2012 1:13:22 PM PDT
Nice review! Girl, you are a reading machine! Sounds like a good book!

Pam

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 3:15:21 PM PDT
book lover says:
I'm pretty sure this reader didn't finish the book. This is NOT a YOUNG ADULT book and you would know that if you read the whole book. The sex is VERY graphic.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2013 4:00:50 PM PDT
Bonnie Brody says:
Book Lover, I indeed did finish this book. I stated that the themes are very adult but that the writing has a young adult feel. Bonnie
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