- Title: The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea
- Author: Hyeonseo Lee
- Pages: 320
- Published: July 2, 2015
- Genre: Memoir
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.
*My opinions are my own.
*May contain spoilers.
I wanted to read this book the moment I saw the title. I am fascinated by other cultures and how they vary from my own. I actually majored in anthropology in college. Over the last few years I have been reading memoirs from all over the world, so when I found one about the mysterious North Korea I was elated.
Hyeonseo talks about her life before and after leaving North Korea. She discusses both her physical and emotional experiences. This create such a complete narrative that there were a few times where I had to stop reading and process what I had just read.
AFter reading almost every chapter I found myself comparing her experiences to my own at the same age. This book reminded me how fortunate I am to have been born and raised in America. Sometimes I can forget just how lucky I really am.
She gives the reader background information that allows them to see her experiences through her point of view. Hyeonseo clearly understands that her childhood influenced her in a way that most people will not understand without explanation.
Everyone should read this book. It can help you get in touch with your humanity again.