Again I got an amazon coupon some days ago, so I looked up my list of books I wanted to buy for some time and started some searches. One of these searches lead me to the following book: "North Korea: Through the Looking Glass" by Kongdan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig, which you can read online at the Brookings Institution Press Homepage. I jumped into chapter 2 about the North Korean "Juche" ideology system and a quote from the French philospher Alain catched my attention.
This quote sums it up perfectly well. I continued reading some pages, jumped into chapter 5 and the photo section and then my eyes became tired from the bad quality of this online reading tool and I returned back to amazon and ordered a hardcopy, together with the following items:
- "The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag" - The memoirs of a man, who was imprisoned in 1977 (my birth year) at the age of 9!!! and was inexplicably released in 1987.
- "Khmer: The Lost Empire of Cambodia" - The story of this fascinating culture which intrigues me since my visit of Angkor Wat in 2001. Who they they, their rise and fall, and lots of pictures.
- "Korea und ich ... Lesehäppchen aus dem Land der Morgenfrische" - Small anecdotes and experiences of a German CEO in Korea.