- Hardcover: 183 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (October 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688128335
- ISBN-13: 978-0688128333
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tears of My Soul Hardcover – October 1, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
On November 29, 1987, two North Koreans were arrested in Bahrain, suspected of the terrorist bombing of Korean Air Flight 858 in which 115 people died. One of the suspects committed suicide on the spot; the other, the author of this memoir, swallowed poison but survived. Extradited to Seoul, Hyun Hee confessed, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. The court later granted a full pardon, ruling that she was not the true culprit in the bombing but an innocent victim of North Korean indoctrination. Here Hyun Hee reveals how she was recruited and trained, and provides details of the bombing. Her depiction of North Korea's Orwellian society is convincing and vivid: it is a world where children patrol the streets and report the slightest ideological infraction and where a citizen speaking disrespectfully of "Beloved Leader" Kim Il Sung can be summarily bludgeoned to death. Also affecting are Hyun Hee's comments about the culture shock she experienced in Seoul and her search for redemption through Christianity. This is a chilling account of brainwashing and subsequent deprogramming. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Daughter of a senior North Korean official, Hee was trained as a covert-operations expert from age 19. Her career ended with her 1987 arrest for placing the bomb that caused the deaths of 115 aboard a South Korean airliner. Subsequently tried and sentenced to death, she was pardoned because the "real criminals" were in North Korea, and she was allowed to settle in South Korea. With this kind of memoir, there are always doubts about its authenticity as well as about how much translation and editing (neither a translator nor an editor is credited in prepublication proofs) may have altered even a genuine account. Making allowances for such doubts, however, one finds here an absorbing and moving tale that strongly suggests that North Korea, one of the world's last Stalinist dictatorships, is not going to die easily or without danger to the rest of the world. Roland Green
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She writes very clearly and almost in a matter of fact way.
I do feel, she took a long time realizing as to what she had done.
It almost felt like she was saying,I could not help, what I did.
I was a victim also.
She was, but at times I felt offended by this way of writing.
She gave a clear picture of what it was like to live under the communist regime.
She had had a rather privileged life.
I just finished a book by Lisa See, that tells about China under the communist regime.
The systematic brainwashing is unbelievable to us westerners.
The lack of food ,just like in China in those days and North Korea is mind boggling.
Unless you work for the regime. It was an eyeopener and I would definitely recommend it.
Tears of My Soul is a heartbreaking, yet inspirational story all in one. It's fascinating and eye opening with no slow moments.It really is a must read if you desire to understand how these governmental systems work in reality and not in some fantasy scenario. Get it, read it. You won't regret it.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the North-South Korea area of study, or anyone interested in James Bond-type stories. The difference between this and others is that these events actually happened.
I highly recomend this book.