Hyde Park Book Group Meeting December 23, 2018
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
The Hyde Park Book Group is back on their regular meeting schedule of fourth Sunday in the month from 2-4 p.m.
On December 23 we will discuss Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (338 pages)
Demick begins her book with the dark spot on the map where no electric light shines into the night sky. North Korea was no longer able to provide electricity to its homes and factories, though it once provided electricity to every village, and was more prosperous than South Korea until the 1970's. Demick discusses the international and national politics that led to this state of affairs, then focuses on a young couple who use the darkness to spend hours walking together.
By focusing on the lives of six real and memorable people, Demick shows us every day life under totalitarian government during North Korea's famine. Her characters do their best to meet their responsibilities to their families and the state. They are engaged in a moral struggle as they abandon communist principles to feed themselves and loved ones. We admire their continual work and ingenuity to find something edible for the next meal, share their grief for loved ones lost, and puzzle over their grief at the death of "The Great Marshall".
Eileen will lead the discussion.
We will select books at the December 23 meeting. Fiction or non-fiction is fine. Please read the book before you recommend it. The person recommending the book usually leads the discussion.
We will meet at the Sidney residence. If you plan to attend please call or e-mail the contact person listed below for directions or questions.