Escape From Camp 14

Escape From Camp 14

One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West

Large Print - 2012
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Shin Dong-hyuk is the only person born in a North Korean gulag ever to escape -- and Escape from Camp 14 is his story.

Twenty-six years ago, Shin Dong-hyuk was born inside Camp 14, one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea. Located about 55 miles north of Pyongyang, the labor camp is a 'complete control district,' a no-exit prison where the only sentence is life. Inmates work 12 to 15-hour days in the camp -- mining coal, building dams, sewing military uniforms -- until they are executed, killed in work-related accidents, or die of illness often triggered by hunger. No one born in Camp 14, or in any North Korean political prison camp, has escaped. No one except Shin?

A gripping, memoir with a searing sense of place, Escape from Camp 14 will remove the veil of silence from a dark and secret nation, taking readers to a place they have never before been.



Baker & Taylor
A dramatic account by one of the few survivors born in North Korea's infamous political prison camps describes the brutal conditions that have forced prisoners to turn on one another, his witness to his family's executions and his harrowing escape. By the author of A River Lost. (general history).

Baker
& Taylor

Presents a dramatic account by one of the few survivors born in North Korea's infamous political prison camps, describing the brutal conditions he was forced to endure as a child, his witnessing of his family's executions, and his final, harrowing escape.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Large Print, 2012
Edition: Center Point large print ed
Description: 302 p. (large print) : ill., maps ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781611734522
1611734525
Branch Call Number: LP 365.45092 Shi

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htliang
Jun 16, 2017

This is a truly unsettling book. Later changes to Shin's story as revealed on the author's website add to the confusion as to what is real & what is fabricated. How much of this story is accurate is known only to Shin. He does, however, bear the scars of severe torture which backs up most of his story.

According to this book, Shin Dong-hyuk was born inside a high-security North Korean prison (Camp 14). He was raised without love, hope, friendship, or knowledge of the outside world. Most of his thoughts revolved around finding enough food to survive. After short encounters with two prisoners who had known life outside the camp, twenty-three-year-old Shin considered escaping. No one had survived an escape attempt before Shin.

This is the story of Shin's early life, his escape, and his later struggle to fit into materialistic and achievement-oriented South Korean society. "I am evolving from being an animal...Sometimes I try to cry and laugh like other people, just to see if it feels like anything..."

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McBainF1
Apr 26, 2016

I have not read a more tragic story. An unimaginable life. there is no doubt that Shin has been tortured inside and out.

Updates to the book can be found on the author's website and make the book even more tragic because of the torment that Shin must be feeling inside. This whole situation is a travesty to all of humanity. Sickening.

For even more disturbing views, a movie was produced on this story and two guards are interviewed in the movie. Despicable people, all carefully created by the Kim dynasty. When will the world do something. It can be found on youtube.

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heidiup1
Mar 15, 2016

Very well written. There are some unresolved controversies, but Harden partly dealt with those in this edition.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 08, 2015

Some other recent books about North Korea: "A Kim Jong-Il Production," "Without You, There is No Us," and "Pyongyang." They're all non-fiction, but the latter is a graphic novel.

bibliotechnocrat May 14, 2015

Imagine growing up in an enormous prison, guilty not because of something you've done, but because your uncle committed the terrible crime of moving to another country. Welcome to the warpo world of North Korea where guilt by association is punishable by life in a labour camp. A camp where life expectancy is somewhere around 40 years old, food is scarce, and inmates are pitted against each other. It's a place where the foundations of civilization have been undercut, even decimated. This is an eye-opening and disturbing read.

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SusannahElf
Dec 30, 2014

I wish I could have read this book to the end but the writing was appalling. In a single sentence the author makes reference to the past, present and future, rather than present the facts in a straightforward manner. The story came across as muddled and un-edited, like a stream of consciousness recollection that does not do service to the gravity of the material.

roddubé Dec 15, 2014

Riviting. Shocking and horrific. Well contextualized with political and historical detail. Frequent evaluation of the veracity of the facts of the story.

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notthatjenn
Oct 22, 2014

Escaping the inescapable North Korean prison camps is an incredible story, but this narrative suffers from a lack of pathos. I don't know if it's the writer who failed to convey the true horror or Shin Dong-hyuk who was unable or unwilling to provide the necessary details, but what should have been a nuclear bomb of a book fails to engage on the human level, which is what we need to understand such extraordinary depths of cruelty.

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stewstealth
Sep 12, 2014

The story of an inmate born into a North Korean prison camp for the sins of his fathers. A harrowing tale that should be read by everyone to shine some light on a brutal regime.

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Sublurbanite
Jun 27, 2014

See modestgoddess's review below. I whole-heartedly concur, and encountered the same thoughts and feelings. If you want to know what things are really like in the secret state of North Korea, read this book.

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