North Korea Journal by Michael Palin

The TV programme was compelling viewing just to get a glimpse of the country and its people. Admittedly, the TV crew were only seeing what the guides wanted to show them but even so it awakened my curiosity sufficiently to read the accompanying book. The book gives more detail and is well illustrated with photos. Michael Palin’s style is down to earth and informative. To his consternation the North Koreans have a more respectful view of their leaders unlike our media’s interrogating ways. It was interesting to hear the people’s views and outlook on their history. Indeed the country itself is very beautiful in places and it was a different and refreshing read. It gives a keyhole view of a “closed society.” 

Submitted by Sheila