North Korea journal

by Palin, Michael,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction DS932.4.P38 2019x
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Call Number  DS932.4.P38 2019x
CLP - South Side Non-Fiction Collection DS932.4.P38 2019x
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In this beautifully illustrated journal based on a TV documentary, writer, comedian and world traveller Michael Palin journeys to North Korea, offering a glimpse of life inside the world's most secretive country, uncovering surprises and making friends along the way.

In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin ventured into the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, camera crew in tow, to gain a glimpse of life in the most notoriously secretive and cut-off nation on earth. His resulting two-part documentary for Channel 5 fascinated millions and won universal plaudits.

Now he shares the journal he meticulously kept during his trip, in which he describes his experiences in a country wholly unlike any other he has ever visited: a country where you will find the Tallest Unoccupied Building in the World; where the residents of Pyongyang awake every morning to the strains of 'Where Are You, Dear General?', broadcast from speakers across the city; and where there are fifteen approved styles of haircut. He chronicles a journey of stark contrasts that takes in a gleamingly modern capital complete with triumphal statues and arches one day, and a countryside that has barely changed in decades on another. He travels to the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, to a centuries-old Confucian academy, and to the heart of North Korea's exquisitely beautiful mountains and lakes. He recounts conversations with official guides, teachers, propaganda artists, farmers and soldiers in which mutual incomprehension and shared humanity are constantly intermingled. And he muses on what makes people tick under a regime that to outsiders seems so utterly alien and so grimly authoritarian.

Written with Palin's trademark warmth and wit, and illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout, Palin's journal offers a rare insight into the North Korea behind the headlines.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In 2018, English actor and travel writer Palin (Brazil, 2014) set out on another journey, this time to one of the world's most secretive societies, North Korea. He embarked with few illusions. He knew how orchestrated his tour would be and how it would be a struggle to connect with ordinary Koreans. Palin also fully understood that the transgressive, Pythonesque humor that worked elsewhere could have deadly consequences for any Koreans he might encourage to deviate from approved thoughts and scripts. But his 10 days in North Korea happily coincided with a thaw in relations between North Korea and the U.S., so he did provoke some relaxation among his hosts. Although he chafed at being chided for taking photos of anything but the capital city's monumental statues of great leaders, he was eventually able to visit farms, workers' apartments, and pubs with some degree of freedom. While the people in his photos often appear reserved and stiff, his pictures also reveal the country's beauty, especially on the slopes of Mount Paektu, deeply sacred to Koreans.--Mark Knoblauch Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Palin, Michael -- Travel -- Korea (North) -- Diaries.
British -- Korea (North) -- Diaries.
Korea (North) -- Description and travel.
Travel writing.
Publisher Toronto :Random House Canada,2019
Other Titles Diaries.
Language English
Description 170 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 23 cm
ISBN 9780735279827
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