Non Fiction

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa


This is a translated version of a book written by a man who has lived a horribly painful life. It is a situation which is still prevalent, and there must be many more people like him and there is nothing that any of us can do about it. The hopelessness of reading something like this is startling. This in some ways reinforces why I crave fiction where the evil can be vanquished by hook or crook and we can rest happy (most of the time I try to pick such books).

This is the story of a man who moved to North Korea with his family when he was a child and spent the next three decades suffering such deprivations as cannot be imagines. It is a harsh tale, one that is supported by quite a few other such stories of people who defected . It was simply told, because fancy words are not required to get the point across. It is not a tale for the faint of heart and it does not contain any twists or plots, as mentioned earlier it is a simple story of a not so simple journey and life.The politics that binds the past and the present of so many of the countries was quite new to me.

I know I do not make this audiobook sound very appealing, but if you can spare the time, you should definitely give it a shot. It would help provide a glimpse of a part of the world which, for the most part we are in the dark about.

P.S: If you have not yet done so, do check out my May 2018 Books vs Moods


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