A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim

By Eunsun Kim

Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, some of the most secretive and oppressive international locations within the smooth international. As a toddler Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her college box journeys to public executions, day-by-day self-criticism periods, and the expanding gnaw of starvation because the country-wide famine escalated.

By the time she used to be 11 years previous, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun was once at risk of an analogous. ultimately, her mom determined to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, now not realizing that they have been embarking on a trip that may take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. sooner than eventually attaining South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her relatives may dwell homeless, fall into the arms of chinese language human traffickers, live on a North Korean hard work camp, and pass the deserts of Mongolia on foot.

Now, Eunsun is sharing her impressive tale to provide voice to the thousands and thousands of North Koreans nonetheless affliction in silence. instructed with grace and braveness, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, eventually, a testomony to the energy and resilience of the human spirit.

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Well, we were happy to report to these compulsive hand-washers that it was the responsibility of one company runner (it was the task at the de Young that I most looked forward to, because it involved no contact with the public) to collect these earpieces at the end of the exhibit, along with the cassette players. At this juncture, he or she would scientifically disinfect the earphones with a squirt of industrial-strength antibacterial soap before returning both players and earpieces to the staging area up front.

When the friend shows his inmost heart to his friend; the lover to his best-beloved; when man does not vainly shrink from the eye of his Creator, loathsomely treasuring up the secret of his sin; then deem me a monster, for the symbol beneath which I have lived, and die! on every visage a Black Veil! The conclusion follows: “The grass of many years has sprung up and withered on that grave, the burial-stone is moss-grown, and good Mr. In the twilight of marriage, however, Hawthorne found another grim attic for himself, having had it constructed to his exacting specifications atop his house in Concord (ruining the roof line, as one biographer reports).

We were trying not to crush the sandwiches. The outcome was this: I closed the hatchback on Jeff’s father’s head. I was amazed that Jeff’s dad wasn’t prone on the driveway when I was through with him, but he was still standing by my side as the hatchback swung wide again and the dog took off up the road. I can’t remember our address in San Francisco exactly, I can’t remember most of the people I’ve met recently, but I will probably always remember Jeff’s father’s expression at that moment. You’re in a hurry, aren’t you?

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