New “Story-telling”

One day on his way back from school, President Kim Il Sung dropped by the Beishan Park and saw a crowd of people gathered around a blind man listening to his story.

At that time in China, some people who are good at reading books read out emotionally such novels as “Three Warring Kingdoms” and “Monkey King” at public places like parks in return for money, and this practice was called “story-telling”.

Looking at them, Kim Il Sung thought that he could apply that practice to attract masses and disseminate the revolutionary ideology, and assigned a comrade to the task of doing the “story-telling”.

That comrade was an inborn jester and glib talker. As he amusingly recited novels with good contents such as “Blessing” and “The Iron Flood” at guesthouses in village or parks, many people began to surround him, and he enjoyed great popularity every time he did the “story-telling”.

He would interrupt his story at an interesting point, make a revolutionary speech and tell the people to come and listen to the following part at a certain time the next day. Then, just as he said, people would gather at the appointed place on the following day to hear the rest of the story.

Listening to the new “story-telling” of progressive students conducted not only in Jilin but also in suburban rural areas, the popular masses gradually developed class and revolutionary consciousness.

The new “story-telling” created by the President did not make money unlike that of blind men but earned something more valuable than that.

It was the masses rallied behind the banner of revolution.

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