NOT FORGOTTEN BY KENNETH BAE
North Korea is the most politically isolated country in the world. I associate North Korea with a big concentration camp. Indeed, it is a big prison where people have no freedom, nor choice. It is extremely difficult to enter the country. What is more, if you lose your luck, it can get almost impossible to leave it. ‘Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea’ by Kenneth Bae tells a very captivating inside-story about this country-camp.
Kenneth Bae is a Christian missioner who was secretively promoting Christianity to North Korean people. He had has successfully entered and left North Korea 18 times. One day, when he was entering the country, custom officers found his hard drive which was filled with media files that were exposing North Korean disaster, poverty, and political dictatorship. As a result, Kenneth Bae was taken to North Korean national security headquarters and seriously interrogated. Suffice to say it was the end of problems for Kenneth Bae in North Korea.
I have read some books and watched films about North Korea. Mostly, those books were explaining the political system of North Korea. ‘Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea’ by Kenneth Bae was the first book I read which was something more than just a mere study of the North Korean political system. I enjoyed reading this book. The author sounds very sincere, and sometimes, very naive. I truly respect him for promoting God in a dangerous atheist country. The book told me a lot about North Korea, its people, its economy, and of course, its political system. Even though the book tells a lot about Kenneth Bae’s personal experiences, feelings, and thoughts, this book is a great study of North Korea as a country.
I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in North Korea, its political system, economy, concentration camps, etc. Kenneth Bae’s story is very inspiring, and at the same time, very educative and informative. The book is very readable and comprehensive. While reading, you will feel like you are having a conversation with the author himself.