The Girl with Seven Names - Hyeonseo Lee

The Girl with Seven Names

By Hyeonseo Lee

  • Release Date: 2015-07-02
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
5
From 439 Ratings

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An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told “the best on the planet�??

Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family.

She could not return, since rumours of her escape were spreading, and she and her family could incur the punishments of the government authorities – involving imprisonment, torture, and possible public execution. Hyeonseo instead remained in China and rapidly learned Chinese in an effort to adapt and survive. Twelve years and two lifetimes later, she would return to the North Korean border in a daring mission to spirit her mother and brother to South Korea, on one of the most arduous, costly and dangerous journeys imaginable.

This is the unique story not only of Hyeonseo’s escape from the darkness into the light, but also of her coming of age, education and the resolve she found to rebuild her life – not once, but twice – first in China, then in South Korea. Strong, brave and eloquent, this memoir is a triumph of her remarkable spirit.

Reviews

  • The Girl with Seven Names

    5
    By jmaleki5
    Fantastic book! I was on the edge the whole time, praying everything work out for the author! LOVED the book!
  • Excellent read

    5
    By ajain22
    This book provided me a rare glimpse into such a closed country like North Korea. The struggle the author went through reminded me of how privileged some of us are to enjoy the freedom and the choice to make our own destiny.
  • The Girl with Seven Names

    5
    By Barbs Sweet Pea
    An excellent book by a wonderful, brilliant author. I couldn’t put it down. She is a truly amazing person. I learned much from her first person account of all she went through and what others go through in trying to escape North Korea.
  • The girl with seven names

    4
    By sandraspinner
    This is a very moving book about trials and tribulations of one girls quest for freedom from the North Korean brainwashing country.Very well done the way it is written and the outcome is brilliant.
  • Girl with the seven names

    5
    By nelia bae
    This book is a page turner that does not stop the reader from reading.
  • Very insightful but also a page turner

    5
    By Jnlyn5
    Seeing N. Korea and China through the experiences of every day life is both interesting and informative. The book also has qualities of an adventure story- how will the heroine overcome adversity to achieve her goals.
  • Great book

    5
    By nelsoncmazsb
    I found it hard to put this book down! Very interesting!
  • The Girl With Seven Names

    5
    By Lesz88
    I could not put this book down. The bravery and perseverance it took to live this story are usually only found in fiction. This is a clear window into North Korea, China, South Korea and Laos and how much power poverty wields in so many ways. Read this book.
  • The girl with seven names

    5
    By Beekham
    This book isn't only an excellent read but it keeps you on the edge of your seat in suspense. I couldn't put this book down. Whether you like to read or not this is a must read. I have recommended it to some of my friends and I am recommending it to anyone who reads this review. Please get this book. You won't regret it. Nice short chapters packed with drama and suspense and very informative. I can say a lot more but just get it and you won't put in down. Enjoy.
  • FABULOUS!!

    5
    By Bojon wright
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read from it every chance I got and finished it in a week. At times I laughed, at times I teared up, and at times I wanted to shout in anger at the injustice of it all. Ms Lee is such a very strong woman and I'm so glad she and her family found their freedom. I understand that hers is one of so many stories just like it and a lot with terrible endings. My heart breaks for them. I saw God moving in this story and I pray God moves mightily in regards to North Korea. Thank you for telling your story young lady. You're a real inspiration. God bless you.

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