June 16th, 2020

Book of G-Quan, Soldier of Darkness, B5

[ Books ] 'The Girl with Seven Names' by Hyeonseo Lee

The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's StoryThe Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story by Hyeonseo Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We discussed this book on the June meeting of Bibliogoth (these days of plague, of course, online). For me it was an easy read, which may be paradoxical given the many horrendous things she describes. It is not perhaps a great work of literature but it is not, I think, meant to be. It is the account of an incredible odyssey by a young woman -almost a child, at the time she leaves North Korea-, her courage, extraordinarily good luck against all odds and also the mistakes and bad choices she made along the way. It has a happy ending, she's in the end reunited with her family out of Korea (is this a spoiler?) but of course she survived to tell the tale. It is easy to imagine that many, perhaps thousands, do not. It is a very good read.

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