My Holiday in North Korea

My Holiday in North Korea

The Funniest / Worst Place on Earth

eBook - 2015 | First edition
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Most people want out of North Korea. Wendy Simmons wanted in.

In My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth , Wendy shares a glimpse of North Korea as it's never been seen before. Even though it's the scariest place on Earth, somehow Wendy forgot to check her sense of humor at the border.

But Wendy's initial amusement and bewilderment soon turned to frustration and growing paranoia. Before long, she learned the essential conundrum of "tourism" in North Korea: Travel is truly a love affair. But, just like love, it's a two-way street. And North Korea deprives you of all this. They want you to fall in love with the singular vision of the country they're willing to show you and nothing more .

Through poignant, laugh-out-loud essays and 92 never-before-published color photographs of North Korea, Wendy chronicles one of the strangest vacations ever. Along the way, she bares all while undergoing an inner journey as convoluted as the country itself.

Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Rosetta Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0795347227 electronic bk
9780795347221 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 951.93 SIM
Characteristics: 1 online resource (311 pages) : color illustrations


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EKGO Mar 02, 2017

The author offers commentary on her 10-day trip to North Korea. Each chapter reads like a blog post rather than travelogue. The writing is a little tongue-in-cheek and a lot pompous which makes the author seem arrogant and self-aggrandizing.
That said, there are some interesting stories and the photos are wonderful. If you can get past the writer's tone of voice, sarcasm, and ego, it's worth the read.

Feb 23, 2017

I appreciate this book for its honesty. However it was very dis-honoring and condescending with assumption of superiority of western democracies.

Feb 13, 2017

This book describes the author's trip to North Korea. Very interesting but also sad. I knew North Korea was repressive, but I had no idea to what extent the government is involved in every facet of everyone's lives and even thoughts and how brainwashed everyone is. Anyone who thinks "Safe Spaces" are a good thing and who thinks that the freedoms of speech, religion and the press are not that important should read this book!

Dec 22, 2016

Read this page turner in less than a day. Awesome, tragically sad. Worthwhile for everyone to read.

krystinathealien Dec 18, 2016

This book was extremely interested. The cover caught my eye, and, well, I love to travel, so why not read about someone traveling to the very isolated North Korea? If you enjoy traveling, pseudo-biographical books, or North Korea, you should read this.

Jul 28, 2016

This is a funny/sad and entertaining look into modern day North Korea. The author's account takes place during Sony Pictures release of "The Interview" so her account is very recent. Her narrative is interspersed with quotes from Lewis Carroll which illustrating an amazing parallel. Her own photographs add depth to her account. This would be a quick and interesting read for not only people interested in North Korea, but anyone interested in travel. I highly recommend this book!

Jun 15, 2016

This book is an incredible look into actual life in North Korea. Before I read it, I knew that living in North Korea could be quite difficult but this book really opened up my eyes. I found it a fascinating, hilarious, and sad book all at the same time.


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