A Thousand Miles to Freedom

A Thousand Miles to Freedom

My Escape From North Korea

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A woman who escaped North Korea as a girl with her mother relates the harrowing story of her nine-year journey to freedom.

McMillan Palgrave

Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated.

By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun was in danger of the same. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete. Before finally reaching South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family would live homeless, fall into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survive a North Korean labor camp, and cross the deserts of Mongolia on foot.

Now, Eunsun is sharing her remarkable story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence. Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.



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In an exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime, the author recounts her childhood in North Korea and the harrowing 9-year journey to South Korea and freedom, during which she lived homeless, fell into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survived a North Korean labor camp and crossed the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
"Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated. By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun was in danger of the same. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete. Before finally reaching South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family would live homeless, fall into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survivea North Korean labor camp, and cross the deserts of Mongolia on foot. Now, Eunsun is sharing her remarkable story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence. Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting exposâe of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit"--

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250064646
1250064643
Branch Call Number: 362.87 K56t
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Falletti, Sébastien

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SusanFlesher
Oct 17, 2017

A good read but a huge lesson in the cruelty against, and brainwashing of, the North Korean people. Yes a sad subject but everyone needs to read this. The determination and fortitude required to survive cruelty and starvation the Kim Dynasty imposes on the N Korean citizens of all ages is mind boggling.

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msemos
Dec 30, 2015

the power of the human spirit is shown in the easy read, fascinating story of a young woman's escape from north korea and then from china. hard to even imagine having to survive such things.

JamesBayRidge Aug 11, 2015

Matter-of-fact memoir by a young woman who escaped the hell of North Korea's communist dictatorship. The author, who writes under a pseudonym, describes the brutality of both North Korea and China as her family makes its way toward the capitalist Mecca of the beautiful South Korea. Good read with some interesting cultural tidbits along the way.

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