Book Reviews, Reviews

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea


I’m having a very difficult time finding anything to say about this book that won’t make me sound like an asshole. Everything I think to say turns into an antiauthoritarian rant.

The only objective negative thing I can think to say about it is that I either had a hard time keeping track of who was who, or the author’s narrative is inconsistent between the beginning and end of the book. There were details that (seemed to) contradict themselves when they are restated later. I think it’s more likely that I got the stories confused. But honestly, it doesn’t really matter.

This is one of the most gut wrenching and important books I’ve ever read. I think everyone should read it. Especially if you’ve ever thought communism could work.


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