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The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag - Kang Chol-Hwan, Pierre Rigoulot We live in a capitalist world. And here if your grandfather supposedly committed a crime and if is proven guilty, he is going to serve time in jail. Think of the shame it would bring to your family and relatives. But on the other hand, imagine you are living in North Korea. Well, you guessed it right. Shame is going to be the least of your concerns when someone from your family is alleged of "counter-revolutionary" activities. If that happens, you, alongwith all of your relatives are seen as criminals of the nation. So, off you go to a North Korean gulag. That's what happened to Chol-Hwan Kang and his family in North Korea.

But "Counter-revolutionary"! Holy shit! I can't help but laugh at the farcicalness of the Communist ideology. How bloody insecure are you about your ideals? Why all the needless state induced censor and fake "anti-capitalist" propaganda? They even ran a campaign in North Korea saying "Let's Earn Some Dollars For Kim-Il Sung" which included activities like foraging the woods for herbs and other medicinal plants that might fetch some dollars on international market. Ha! The bloody irony!

But enough about my rant. Let’s talk about this book. Sure, it's horrific. But in my opinion,
[b:Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea|6178648|Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea|Barbara Demick|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320449375s/6178648.jpg|6358552] and [b:Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West|11797365|Escape from Camp 14 One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West|Blaine Harden|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347954566s/11797365.jpg|16750147] are better accounts than this one. If you are going to read only one book about North Korea, make sure that book be [b:Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea|6178648|Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea|Barbara Demick|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320449375s/6178648.jpg|6358552].