The Limits Of The World

The Limits Of The World Pyongyang North Korea In a city full of lies one man seeks the truth In Kim Jong il s North Korea Han a lonely guide to foreign tourists is rapidly ascending the party ranks and appears to b

  • Title: The Limits Of The World
  • Author: Andrew Raymond Drennan
  • ISBN: 9781908885364
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pyongyang, North Korea, 2011 In a city full of lies one man seeks the truth In Kim Jong il s North Korea, Han, a lonely guide to foreign tourists, is rapidly ascending the party ranks and appears to be a model citizen But when he is drawn into a secret underground book group by the enigmatic Mae, Han knows that in a country ruled by fear and suspicion where lovers andPyongyang, North Korea, 2011 In a city full of lies one man seeks the truth In Kim Jong il s North Korea, Han, a lonely guide to foreign tourists, is rapidly ascending the party ranks and appears to be a model citizen But when he is drawn into a secret underground book group by the enigmatic Mae, Han knows that in a country ruled by fear and suspicion where lovers and neighbours denounce each other it is only a matter of time before his double life is discovered by the ruthless Party elite With no one else to turn to, he must do the unthinkable risk his life by putting his trust in two undercover Western journalists trying to expose the regime, before the brutal realities of North Korean life catch up with him.

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    1. Pyongyang, North Korea, 2011. In a city full of lies one man seeks the truth. Han guides foreign tourists around predetermined routes, with glossed over histories. But he dreams of more - his parents died in a car crash he's never believed happened, he finds solace in illegal foreign books considered classic around the world. His latest guides are two undercover journalists, but Han doesn't fear them, nor loath them - he wants to help, he wants change, and he wants the truth.The Limits of the Wo [...]

    2. "I’m so insignificant, sometimes when I get up in the morning and look in the mirror I don’t expect to see myself there.”This sentence conveys the candid despair the author has generated throughout this book.Living under a dictatorship, Han’s remote existence in North Korea would seem inexplicable to the outside world where we have every freedom, including owning our choice of literature and not having a narrow selection imposed upon us.Absolutely nothing we take for granted exists in th [...]

    3. “Stunning, thrilling journey into modern North Korea. For fans of Alone in Berlin and Child 44.”I haven't heard of this writer before, but this book was simply stunning. I've always been fascinated by North Korea but I haven't really seen any fiction set there before.It's about a government minder, Han, who chaperones foreign tourists round the capital, but he's got a secret love for banned books and longs to escape the country. Enter two Western journalists posing as tourists, who both have [...]

    4. This book opened my eyes to how little I knew about North Korea (which is to a degree unsurprising as it's a secretive society), and there were points where it raised issues that are becoming just as relevant in Western society with the rise of "fake news" and "alternative facts". The exposition and description of the society and geography seem to have taken precedence over the plot, as it's fairly predictable and too easily resolved and lacks tension where the main characters are concerned as a [...]

    5. This well-researched and beautifully-written novel deserves, or needs, to be read. Drennan's protagonist, Han, takes the reader into the secretive society that is North Korea and opens our eyes - not only to the harsh realities of life under the regime but also to the strength and beauty of the human spirit even in such an oppressive society. The politics highlighted by the novel are important, the themes of love and loneliness are sensitively and thoughtfully explored, the characters are believ [...]

    6. Taking place near the end of the Kim jun-Il era in North Korean, Comrade Han is a newly appointed officer of the DPRK's propaganda department tasked with guiding two western tourists and demonstrating the glory and excellence of the North Korean government. However, the westerners are hiding a secret: they're two accomplished journalists seeking to cap off a solid career of in-the-field reporting with an exposé on North Korea's totalitarian grip on its citizens. But Han is hiding a secret as we [...]

    7. This book really opened my eyes to the politics of North Korea, tackling important and topical subjects in an emotional and intelligent way, thanks to the depth of the characters. To paint such a vivid picture of such a secretive society made this a fascinating read and the pace of the story kept me gripped till the last page. Ultimately the writer captures what it means to be human - the themes of love, loss and loneliness explored in sensitive, never sentimental, ways. An important story which [...]

    8. Probably a 4.5 star book. I have gone under rather than over because at times it is in danger of veering too close to cliche. Absolutely fascinating though and a terrific read too. The loneliness and isolation of not knowing who you can trust, in an environment where anyone else can benefit from denouncing you, is a really good tense setting for a novel.

    9. This is a "must read" kind of book. I really don't think that I have to say anything other than you must read this book.

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