Book Review: Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan

It’s around 18 months since I completed another book on North Korea – Nothing to Envy. I bought this around the same time. It’s one of the most famous accounts from anyone who lived inside the country and spent time at one of the many notorious gulags. Kang Chol-Hwan was just a boy when hisContinue reading “Book Review: Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan”

Book Review: Nothing To Envy: Real Lives in North Korea By Barbara Demick

To many people, North Korea is a rogue state, a threat to the entire western world, a malevolent force in the world that needs to be controlled and stamped out. We focus so much on the leadership – the theocratic Kim family who have ruled the country for nearly 60 years, the rhetoric, the amusingContinue reading “Book Review: Nothing To Envy: Real Lives in North Korea By Barbara Demick”