The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo LeeThe Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

The Girl with Seven Names

byHyeonseo LeeAs told byDavid John

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAn 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.
Hyeonseo Lee grew up in North Korea but escaped to China in 1997. In 2008, after more than 10 years there, she came to Seoul, South Korea, where she struggled to adjust to life in the bustling city. Recently graduated from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, she has become a regular speaker on the international stage fostering human ...
Title:The Girl with Seven NamesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ!!! Wonderful life changing read! Will truly make you appreciate the liberties and freedoms we are so blessed to have in North America!!
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent book and read reading this story makes you realize how lucky we are in North America. Following her story - she had incredible luck in her journey - made you want her to succeed and understand the difficulties she had.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ So important to view the humanity in the crisis happening in North Korea. I am a slow reader, but I read this one in a heart beat and the moment I finished it, I turned the book over again and started it again. Truly amazing. Great story. Well written. Could not recommend it more!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless I have never heard a story quite like this one, and it left me speechless. I cannot imagine experiencing what the author has. She goes through one terrible, seemingly unsurmountable thing after another, and amazingly is smart and strong enough to prevail. It's amazing to contrast this with the easy life so many of us lead, and to feel fortunate.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It ! If you want to see what it feels like to grow up in North Korea this book is for you. I didn't know much about North Korea before reading this book. Now thanks to this book i feel like I have a better understanding of what things are like there. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read This is a wonderful book to help us understand North Korea of today. This memoir shows us how difficult every day life can be under such a regime. Book well written and very easy to read. This Author is a truly brave and remarkable person .
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great memoir A very well written memoir. An excellent view into the violations of human rights in North Korea, and the difficulties these citizens face when trying to make their lives better.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS MEMOIR! I always had wanted to know what it is like to live in the experience of someone like Hyeonseo Lee. Of course, I would NEVER want to be stuck in her situation, but to read about one's experience in a first-hand manner is exquisite. It is something new, beautiful and memorable. The situation itself is never, ever beautiful, but the words that authors usually put their experiences in are. The Girl With Seven Names' title seemed awfully weird when I first discovered this memoir through a friend. Why seven names? Is this symbolic for North Korea or something? And then I began reading; I fell in love with this story and all of the memories that Hyeonseo had to share with readers. This is honestly our only chance to discover the life of a girl who escaped from North Korea. I feel hesitant to write this review. We do not know, in our society, what we are allowed to say and what we cannot say. With a dash of magic in her easy-to-comprehend, rich writing, Hyeonseo allows us to learn what we could say and what we cannot. We are in a free society, after all. In the end, we realize our gratefulness for Hyeonseo's retelling. Our society could have just sat behind and went on, but she delivered her interesting story to each and every one of us. "The audience is silent. I began to speak. I hear my voice trembling. I'm telling them about the girl who grew up believing her nation to be the greatest on earth, and who witnessed her first public execution at the age of seven." Every reader will feel that this book hit them hard, that they are transformed afterwards. I love reading non-fiction because it delivers new experiences to my heart, even though my eyes have not seen them, but the fact that my heart has. I cannot really comment on the life of a girl, as things happen when they are absolutely meant to happen, but I must say that the writing was practically perfect. I have read many, many memoirs, and almost none can compete to Hyeonseo's. Lee delivers a first-hand experience of tough hardships, romance and just about the experiences that any young aged woman undergoes in a new society, just as if I decide to move to New York City one day. While living a completely different life than many of us, her story is just about the same, honestly.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable It was really enjoyable to read this perspective about escaping from North Korea. I was hoping for a little bit more on the author's opinions on North Korea and about her time adjusting to a new lifestyle. I found it so interesting that her family was able to cross the border multiple times. Interesting insight into what North Koreans face when they make it to the other side of the border.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is perfect A book everyone must read to understand why North Korea is so poor, and so closed.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring This book is truly amazing. The author is such a strong and brave character. The novel not only gives the reader an insight into North Korean live but also explains the mentality behind why they think the way they do. Amazing read, would recommend to anyone
Date published: 2015-07-27

Editorial Reviews

'The most riveting TED talk ever' Oprah'Harrowing' Wired'A sad and beautiful story of a girl who could not even keep her name, yet overcame all with the identity of what it is to be human' Jang Jin-sung, author of 'Dear Leader''Stirring and brave . true, committed, unvarnished and honest. Lee has made her own life the keyhole to the present, inside and outside of North Korea' Scotsman'Remarkable bravery fluently recounted' Kirkus