book beginnings on Friday: Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

Thanks to Rose City Reader for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.

Happy Friday! I have a book to share with you today that is not so happy, though. Journalist Blaine Harden narrates this audiobook himself, which I find to be a fine choice. I’ll let the book beginning introduce you:

Nine years after his mother’s hanging, Shin squirmed through an electric fence and ran off through the snow. It was January 2, 2005. Before then, no one born in a North Korean political prison camp had ever escaped. As far as can be determined, Shin is still the only one to do it.

And this is the story of Shin Dong-hyuk. So far I am discovering my own very poor knowledge of North Korea, and marveling at the atrocities. But it looks to be a great book, and an important one in that we could all stand to be better educated about North Korean human rights abuses. So, happy Friday indeed.

What are you reading this weekend?

7 Responses

  1. I think I have to check out this one. Looks very interesting.

  2. I admit to a lack of knowledge about Korea too. This book really starts off good. Makes me want to know what happened to him after the escape.

  3. Yeah, I don’t know much about North Korea either, except that its leader is probably psychotic. I don’t think they like other countries knowing much about them. This book looks interesting, though.

    Here’s my Book Beginning.

  4. This will probably be an amazing story…human brutality v. human resilience, based on other books I’ve read about political prison camps.

    Here’s my beginning:

  5. This sounds like an intense read. The opening really grabs your attention. Thanks for sharing.

    My BB Post

  6. This sounds fascinating!

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