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Girl with Seven Names, The

Lee, Hyeonseo

  18 Reviews

What were you doing when you were seventeen? North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee was escaping over the border into China. Disillusioned by the Great Famine of 1990, Hyeonseo sought a better life but it came with the cost of continual subterfuge and reinvention. First China, then South Korea, then a return twelve years later to the Chinese border to smuggle out her mother and brother, this courageous and difficult journey is underpinned by Hyeonseo's strength and determination.

Both a dramatic and powerful personal story and a unique insight into life under the repressive North Korean regime, this is also an inspiring testimony to what people will risk for freedom. [Small font]

Pages
304
Year
2015

Reviews

BLENH 003
06-05-2022
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Our understanding of North Korea is much better. Very educational.
OHOPE 001
09-03-2022
Stimulated a lot of discussion around the issues raised in the book. A good read.
OPOTO 001
27-10-2021
Illuminating - very real. Not a book some of us would have chosen to read, but well worth it! Learned a lot. Inspired by her courage and her positive life now!
WELL 082
23-08-2021
Extremely interesting read which prompted a lot of discussion. Highly recommended.
AUCK 422
16-12-2020
An eye-opening account of life in a totalitarian regime. This book elicited much discussion. Some of us questioned the authenticity of some aspects of the story and were bothered by some discrepancies. The word 'escape' in the title was slightly misleading.
WESTO 001
22-09-2020
Overall everyone in the group enjoyed this book. Admired her tenacity and at times noted how it was just a stroke of luck that came her way at the right time. Hard to fathom just how much open corruption there is in other parts of the world. We were interested to know what her life was like since this book ended. A enjoyable and compelling read.
WHITBY 002
13-03-2020
We all enjoyed this book and admired the resourcefulness of the author in surviving ten years in China illegally! We are so connected in the western world that we found it difficult to understand how a people could tolerate a leadership that promotes isolation and instills such fear in its citizens. However it was an easy read and we are keen to read more about North Korea.
WANAK 010
06-03-2020
MARTIN 003
11-11-2019
A compelling read but the writing wasn't great. One member felt that it didn't quite "ring true" for some reason. However we all learnt a lot about life in North Korea and everybody enjoyed the book.
AUCK 326
31-05-2019
The group felt the book gave us an insight into life in North Korea and the experiences of an accidental refugee, one who never planned to escape or leave. Hyeonseo comes across as a survivor and a smart young woman, who eventually settles in South Korea. It felt as if some of her experiences were glossed over, and there was rather too much detail in others. As a group, we didn't really enjoy the book, and in fact, only two of us read it till the end.
TAUR 010
04-03-2019
We generally didn't 'enjoy' this book but were all glad we had read it. We applauded Hyeonseo's courage and resourcefulness in leaving North Korea and finding her way to South Korea. We had a lively discussion on the plus and minus aspects of life as a refugee in a new country.
WELL 205
04-03-2019
Very interesting and gripping autobiographical story, and well told. Everybody read the book in 1 or 2 sittings because it was too good to put down.
NEWP 001
04-03-2019
The group found the book very enlightening rather than enjoyable, but well worth reading. We wondered how much had been embellished, probably to protect people.
TAUR 055
01-02-2019
We all enjoyed this thought-provoking book that opened our minds to life inside North Korea. It generated some great discussion about culture, politics and living in foreign countries. Well worth the read. Definitely recommend.
ARIA 001
01-02-2019
We enjoyed the book, finding it very informative on life in North Korea, which all thought horrific. Makes our attitude to privacy seem very small minded.
HUNTLY 001
01-02-2019
We found this book readable and interesting. We read "Dear Leader" about another North Korean defector earlier this year and thought that the two books complemented each other.
CHCH 176
01-02-2019
We found it interesting and an "eye opener" to how North Korea functions. She was an amazing young woman who survived despite some hair raising risks, and it read very well.
WANAK 001
01-02-2019
Most of our group found the story fascinating and enjoyed the book. We all felt we learnt a lot about both North and South Korea, and of the struggles of immigrants having to adjust to new social norms and customs. It opened our eyes to the realities of North Korea.