George Polk Award and Robert F. Kennedy Award-Winning Journalist Barbara Demick’s NOTHING TO ENVY: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Spiegel & Grau; On Sale December 29, 2009) offers a never-before-seen view of a country and society largely unknown to the rest of the world. leader of North Korea during the Korean War. succeeded his father's rule of North Korea in 1994. a former proponent of the regime, this woman was forced to see many die of malnutrition, helpless to save them despite her profession. Timeline By: Lutte Oviedo Brian Sweet Marbella Hernandez . Nothing to Envy symbolism She finishes high school she started working at the construction company’s propaganda she then got married with Yung-su in 1988 She got pregnant started working as a teacher in pre-school she Mar 27, 2015 · Barbara Demick – Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea Posted on March 27, 2015 by thesparknotes My first post, I suppose, was on the whole quite positive – all about exploring the world and stretching the imagination. Chapter 4 Summary: “Fade to Black” This chapter details the end of North Korea’s economic stability in the 1990s. As the economy fails and electricity stops, Mrs. Song has to fetch water from a well before beginning an hour-long walk to work.