Author(s): Masaji IshikawaDownload
Publish: Published June 26th 2018 by AmazonCrossing (first published 2000)
ISBN: ISBN 1542047196 (ISBN13: 9781542047197)
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The harrowing true story of one man’s life in—and subsequent escape from—North Korea, one of the world’s most brutal totalitarian regimes.
Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just thirteen years old, and unwittingly became members of the lowest social caste. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by promises of abundant work, education for his children, and a higher station in society. But the reality of their new life was far from utopian.
In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal thirty-six years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime, as well as the challenges he faced repatriating to Japan after barely escaping North Korea with his life. A River in Darkness is not only a shocking portrait of life inside the country but a testament to the dignity—and indomitable nature—of the human spirit.
Some Reviews: 26,056 ratings 2,848 reviews in Goodreads.com
It doesn’t have the happy ending as the title might suggest. This book forces us to change our perspective on our life. Of what is important and what is not. Of how lucky we are with everything that we have. A must read.
I started this book and could hardly put it down until I finished it, hours later. Such a sad story! I wish every brain-washed student who thinks socialism or communism is superior to capitalism would read this. I knew life in North Korea was no picnic, but this book was truly eye-opening. North Korea is a hell on earth. This poor man who escaped was never reunited with his family, who are still prisoners in that awful country. I wish there was something we could do to help. I pray for him.