The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story

New york times bestselleran 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. As a child growing up in north Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime.

She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family. Given the repression, as she had been told “the best on the planet”?Aged seventeen, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, she decided to escape North Korea. Her home on the border with china gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, she began to wonder, as the famine of the 1990s struck, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life.

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Summary of The Girl with Seven Names: by Lee Hyeon Seo | Conversation Starters

Hyeon-seo lee is the name the author chose for herself once she finally reached South Korea. This in-depth story takes readers on a chronological journey through Hyeon-Seo Lee’s life, from birth, through adolescence, and into adulthood. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on.

Conversation starters is peppered with questions designed tobring us beneath the surface of the pageand invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to. Create hours of conversation:• foster a deeper understanding of the book• Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups• Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately• Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before.

Summary of the girl with seven names: by lee hyeon seo | Conversation Starters“The Girl with Seven Names” is the harrowing story of one brave girl’s defection from North Korea. It is the seventh name she has had to take in her life, but only the first one she wanted to keep. A brief look inside:every good book contains a world far DEEPERthan the surface of its pages.

Her innocence, and her determination are all there for readers, her strength, her fear, on each page of the book, and through every step of her courageous journey.


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Told with grace and courage, ultimately, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. As a child Eunsun loved her country. Despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated.

Now, eunsun is sharing her remarkable story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence. By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun was in danger of the same. Eunsun kim was born in north Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world.

Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete. Before finally reaching south korea and freedom, eunsun and her family would live homeless, fall into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survive a North Korean labor camp, and cross the deserts of Mongolia on foot.

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By the time she and her mother made their way to South Korea two years later, her father was dead and her sister was still missing. Park’s family was loving and close-knit, but life in North Korea was brutal, practically medieval. All i knew was that if my family stayed behind, we would probably die—from starvation, from disease, from the inhuman conditions of a prison labor camp.

She tells with bravery and dignity for the first time the story of how she and her mother were betrayed and sold into sexual slavery in China and forced to suffer terrible psychological and physical hardship before they finally made their way to Seoul, South Korea—and to freedom. My mother and i were searching for my older sister, Eunmi, who had left for China a few days earlier and had not been heard from since.

But there was more to our journey than our own survival. As she writes, “i convinced myself that a lot of what I had experienced never happened. Before now, only her mother knew what really happened between the time they crossed the Yalu river into China and when they followed the stars through the frigid Gobi Desert to freedom.

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. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens. Perfect for fans of barbara kingsolver and karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.

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Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. One day in july 1942, lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved.

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But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. A new york times top ten book of the year and national book award finalist, Pachinko is an "extraordinary epic" of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan San Francisco Chronicle.

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