North Korea Journal (CD-Audio)Michael Palin (author,read by)
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THE BOOK BEHIND THE HIT DOCUMENTARY
A glimpse of life inside the world's most secretive country, as told by Britain's best-loved travel writer.
In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive Democratic People's Republic of Korea, a cut-off land without internet or phone signal, where the countryside has barely moved beyond a centuries-old peasant economy but where the cities have gleaming skyscrapers and luxurious underground train stations. His resulting documentary for Channel 5 was widely acclaimed.
Now he shares his day-by-day diary of his visit, in which he describes not only what he saw - and his fleeting views of what the authorities didn't want him to see - but recounts the conversations he had with the country's inhabitants, talks candidly about his encounters with officialdom, and records his musings about a land wholly unlike any other he has ever visited - one that inspires fascination and fear in equal measure.
Written with Palin's trademark warmth and wit, and illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout, the journal offers a rare insight into the North Korea behind the headlines.
Number of pages: 1
Weight: 128 g
Dimensions: 141 x 138 x 15 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition
A fascinating proposition . . . [a] winning mix of genuine interest, good-humoured charm and that deceptively steely nose for humbug. * Wanderlust *
An eye-opening look at a place that doesn't figure on most travellers' bucket lists * Kirkus *
The Python's most dangerous journey yet. Palin journeyed into the heart of Kim Jong-un's repressive and secretive regime. * The Times, 50 Best Book for Autumn *
[Lifts] the veil on one of the last blind spots on the globe * Irish Independent *
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