march, 2019

25mar7:00 pm9:00 pmManchesterMarch’s Girly Book Club at 7:00pm Event Organized By: Charlotte E & Kathleen S


Charlotte E & Kathleen S

Event Details

We heard your request for more non-fiction in our reading list, so this month we’re reading the harrowing true story of one man’s life in—and subsequent escape from—North Korea, one of the world’s most brutal totalitarian regimes.

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just thirteen years old, and unwittingly became members of the lowest social caste. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by promises of abundant work, education for his children, and a higher station in society. But the reality of their new life was far from utopian.

In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal thirty-six years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime, as well as the challenges he faced repatriating to Japan after barely escaping North Korea with his life. A River in Darkness is not only a shocking portrait of life inside the country but a testament to the dignity—and indomitable nature—of the human spirit.

We think this book will leave you with lots to talk about, so join us at book club as we discuss A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa.

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March’s Girly Book Club at 7:00pm

ATTENDING (Total: 13)

Grace SmithMiranda BSarah BarnesAlexandra LomasClaire ParkerGill AldomFrancesca HughesLucy FlemingSarah ForsythCharlotte ChesneyHarriet WhittakerAnne O'KeeffeFreya Lloyd

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