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In the bitter winter of 1952, Canadian soldiers stationed near the frozen Imjin River did what Canadians do whenever they have lots of ice and a little free time. They played hockey, eh.
It’s long been clear that these defectors’ tales link up, reference and corroborate each other, creating an undeniable picture of fear, starvation, brutality, and repression. Two such books are The Aquariums of Pyongyang and Nothing to Envy, which remain as arguably the two best defector books that you can read.
Along with the changing foliage and increased incidence of the word “chueo” ("[I'm] cold") on Korean streets, one of the telltale signs of fall around the peninsula is a pervasive smell that has often been likened to a melange of rancid butter, gym socks, and vomit.