The Girl With Seven Names

The Girl With Seven Names

A North Korean Defector's Story

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In 1997 the author, aged 17, escaped North Korea for China. Her mother's first words over the telephone to her lost daughter were "don't come back". The reprisals for all of them would have been lethal. Twelve years later she returned to the North Korean border in a daring mission to spirit her mother and brother to South Korea in a very costly and dangerous journey. This eloquent book offers the first credible account of ordinary life in North Korea and gives an extraordinary insight into the life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships.
Publisher: ** E-Book // Click on DOWNLOAD link to place holds
ISBN: 9780007554867
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Additional Contributors: John, David 1966-
Alternative Title: Girl with 7 names


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Sep 20, 2019

For book club. Well written and gripping. True story.

Aug 19, 2019

A true life adventure story with deep and troubling insights into North Korea. Every American should read this book.

Aug 15, 2019

Her tale is amazing! The resiliency and strength it took to escape.. for example, to learn written and spoken Chinese well enough to fool the Chinese police! So many times, I told myself, "This is it, she's caught.." but somehow, some way, she outsmarts them all. Very eye-opening to a world I cannot even fathom. Quick and easy read.

Jul 28, 2019

Bookclub: May/19

Jul 16, 2019

This book was very eye opening. I enjoyed getting to hear the first hand account of North Korea. Definitely recommend this book!

Jan 19, 2019

It was an interesting read. There seemed to be a few too many close calls to me that at times I was doubtful.

The Girl with Seven Names was a fascinating look at North Korea from an accidental defector who lived a more comfortable life than many on the Chinese/North Korea border. Not only did I learn a lot about North Korea, but I learned much about that part of the world in general. Lee’s book was very interesting and I highly recommend it. (Submitted by JF).

Oct 24, 2018

An interesting book on one young Korean woman's escape from North Korea, and her childhood and background. Her older brother's return to North Korea was especially disheartening, and I felt the same when hearing of Chinese from Taiwan, or retired US military types, seeking to live in the totalitarian state of China, as if the ruling class there poses no problems whatsoever!?!?
[This book really reminded me of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - - not being facetious either - - in the utter absurdity of life and her own experiences, et cetera.]

Sep 12, 2018

I've read several other books about North Korea, one about a Korean American teaching elites there and another about a North Korean fleeing this country. This book was different. Hyeonseo Lee (his seventh and final name) grew up in relatively secure life in a town bordering on China with parents with "good class" and with food on their table. Her brainwashing began in school, where she learned her country was the most prosperous in the world, that South Korea started the Korean ware, and that the country's leader was extremely caring for the people and suffered for them. On a lark,at age 17 she crossed the border to visit a relative and stayed several days, making it impossible for her to return.

The book tells of her growing up in North Korea, her ten-year sojourn, mostly in China, with illegal papers, her finally reach South Korea, her reunion with close family members, and their adjustment to life. For the first part of the book, I saw her as a selfish, relatively spoiled child and pushed myself to continue reading, but she great in many ways and her spirit pushed her forward. She has helped North Korean defectors adjust to life in South Korea and to gain respect and has spoken internationally about her country of birth. It definitely is worth reading.

Amazing book, a must read. Easy to read but very well written. Finished it in a day.

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