A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa - Book Summary - Abbey Beathan
(Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book.)
The life of a man and his escape from one of the most vicious totalitarian regimes out there.
Masaji Ishikawa's horror story began when he moved to North Korea at thirteen years of age. His parents were lured in with promises of abundant work, higher station in society and great opportunities for their child. However, all of those statements were lies. Get ready to read about the tumultuous story of Ishikawa's life in North Korea and how he managed to escape this cruel regime.
(Note: This summary is wholly written and published by Abbey Beathan. It is not affiliated with the original author in any way)
"You don't choose to be born. You just are. And your birth is your destiny, some say. I say the hell with that. And I should know. I was born not just once but five times. And five times I learned the same lesson. Sometimes in life, you have to grab your so-called destiny by the throat and wring its neck." - Masaji Ishikawa
Ishikawa has in his hand, a vast arsenal of stories to tell us. Living 36 years in North Korea, will get you some interesting anecdotes. Ishikawa is willing to share them with us in order for us to comprehend the cruel reality of communism and how lucky some people are to be born in stable and prosperous countries. A touching tale that is a testament to the undying nature of the human spirit and its drive to never give up.
Showing us how vicious a dictatorship can be, witness Ishikawa's life and how horrible it became the moment he had to move to North Korea.