13 June, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. Today we are waiting for A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa!

As interest in other countries' situations is rising, today we bring you the biography and real story of a man's life in North Korea.

Publication date: June 26th, 2018
Publisher: AmazonCrossing
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.

We don't do biographies but it's always a genre to consider. I have only read one or two in my life and I must say both I read were very inspiring! This one seems to be of that type. The type to send you on an emotional journey... plus it promises to give quite the information about one of the most secretive countries right now, North Korea.

If you like these type of books. Here's your one!

Are you excited about A RIVER IN DARKNESS?


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