PUBLISHER: Penguin Press
DATE PUBLISHED: 29th September 2015
Human rights activist Park, who fled North Korea with her mother in 2007 at age 13 and eventually made it to South Korea two years later after a harrowing ordeal, recognized that in order to be “completely free,” she had to confront the truth of her past. It is an ugly, shameful story of being sold with her mother into slave marriages by Chinese brokers, and although she at first tried to hide the painful details when blending into South Korean society, she realized how her survival story could inspire others. Moreover, her sister had also escaped earlier and had vanished into China for years, prompting the author to go public with her story in the hope of finding her sister.
I do not generally read Biographies or Autobiographies but the publicity behind this book had be intrigued to see what the hype was all about. This is truly a book many should read. I had to take time in between chapters and I let the contents hit me. I could not believe this was not a dystopian fiction. These things don’t happen in our societies. At least that is what I thought.
This is the personal experience of a young woman put onto the pages and should be respected as her own experience. This is not only about the experience of Yeonmi’s life growing up but the experiences of a child fleeing her country. I’m not giving this book a rating because I don’t think it’s right to rate a human beings recounting of their own experience.
Keep Calm and Read On,