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New PDF release: Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and

By Sungju Lee, Susan Elizabeth McClelland

ISBN-10: 1419721321

ISBN-13: 9781419721328

Every Falling Star, the 1st publication to painting modern North Korea to a tender viewers, is the serious memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who's compelled at age twelve to survive the streets and fend for himself. to outlive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by means of thieving, combating, begging, and stealing rides on shipment trains. Sungju richly re-creates his scabrous tale, depicting what it was once like for a boy by myself to create a brand new kinfolk together with his gang, his “brothers”; to be hungry and to worry arrest, imprisonment, or even execution. This riveting memoir permits younger readers to profit approximately different cultures the place freedoms they take without any consideration don't exist.

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While I don’t look at them directly, the women in the crowd wear traditional North Korean dresses in colors reserved for such special occasions: floor-length puffy dresses with ribbons in soft pinks, baby blues, and rich creams. I also know that yellow, orange, and white balloons dance across the cloudless azure sky. I turn my face only when we pass the stage at Kim Il-sung Square, where our supreme leader, Kim Il-sung, stands. I salute. I know he is looking on with pride. My entire unit is polished, walking in precision, servants to him, our eternal father, protecting our nation from South Korean invasion, ruthless Japanese expansion, and the American culture of excess that threatens our way of life.

Look,” said Chulho, leaning toward me and opening a brown bag. He then motioned for me to take a look inside. All I could see were strips of some kind of reddish meat covered in crystals of gray salt. I shrugged, trying to act cool, as if I knew what was going on. But I sure didn’t. “It’s squirrel meat. I caught a squirrel in the forests last fall,” he said. “Okay,” I said, playing along. He cocked an eyebrow. ” he said, the end of his sentence rising as if it were a question instead of a statement.

He felt the entire region should be communist. In 1948, the South was granted independence from the United States, becoming the Republic of Korea. Shortly thereafter, the North became the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea. North Koreans refer to their country as Joseon, after the last dynasty. Like its namesake today, the Joseon Dynasty was dubbed the “Hermit Kingdom” because it sealed itself off from the world in an attempt to ward off invasion. The political and economic systems of the two nations couldn’t be more different.

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Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee, Susan Elizabeth McClelland

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