The tale of one man should be simple. Not when you grow up in North Korea. Little is known about this part of the world, but Adam Johnson’s novel feels authentic. We follow Pak Jun Do as he tries to live in the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea and find his true love. It’s a tragedy that could be compared to the classics, Jun Do has a good heart and the best intentions, and fate has other plans. It’s gripping and beautifully told in two distinctive styles. Its humorous and thought provoking to see the western world through Jun Do’s eyes. It makes the reader realise, we all want the same things: a decent meal, a warm bed at night and someone that makes the suffering bearable.