North Korean Memoirs Book Summary and Study Guide

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The main character is a naive intelligence officer living in a bubble of truth. He is only exposed to his own country's mistakes and does not really know how the other side lives.
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The story takes place in the 70's and 80's, which is important in order to understand why someone would defect to North Korea. Back then it seemed as if the world was adapting communism and that life in communist nations was true utopia. It is not evident what life is really like in North Korea until the main character defects there.

Once the main character makes the dangerous and illegal trip into North Korea. At first he is welcomed with open arms by the North Korean regime and treated as a celebrity. As time goes by, the main character finds himself in hot water as he discovers more about the secretive regime. The story builds as the main character begins to get into trouble and is eventually imprisoned.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 60%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   kidnap/rescue Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   commies!

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Korea(s) Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to torture Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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