A River in Darkness – Pdf download


Author(s): Masaji IshikawaDownload  

Publish: Published June 26th 2018 by AmazonCrossing (first published 2000)

ISBN: ISBN 1542047196 (ISBN13: 9781542047197)


An Amazon Charts Most Read and Most Sold book.

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


Rishi rated it      
This book is a heartbreaking account of the life of mashaji ishikawa. How he ended up going to North Korea in search of better life. Struggle for the survival of his family and himself. All the loses that no one should endure in one lifetime. The sheer cruelty of brainwashed people in North Korea. And escape from North Korea. 

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.


Linore rated it      
Heartbreaking but eye-opening 

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.


Eileen rated it      
Wow. Absolutely heartbreaking and powerful story about one man’s experience growing up in North Korea and his escape from it. I listened to the audiobook and thought it very well done. It reminds me just how fortunate we are and that we take a lot for granted on a daily basis. While it’s depressing, I think it’s an important book for us all to read.

Leo rated it      
I imagine reading this book would be sobering for most Americans. The author does an excellent job of describing his experience in North Korea.

Jackballoon rated it     
This is an incredibly tragic book: impossible to believe, but I do. I won’t forget about this one for a long time. Please God, help those poor people.


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