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The Orphan Master's Son
The Orphan Master's Son
Author: Adam Johnson
An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master's Son follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea. Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer - stolen - to Pyongyang - and an influential father wh...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780552778251
ISBN-10: 0552778257
Publication Date: 2/14/2013
Pages: 575
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Black Swan
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 60
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This was sometimes a difficult read for me, since I don't typically care for novels with shifting timelines and disjointed stories. Added to that were quite a few uncomfortable scenes of unreasoning or casual violence, and situations that brought home the overwhelming difficulty of daily life in North Korea. But there was also much to like: this is an amazingly inventive and revealing story, partly based on the author's travels in the country. The characters are deeply complex, as convoluted as the plot, and it seems to be the case that no one, no situation, is exactly as it seems. It's sometimes farcical and funny, but most often tragic. On the strength of the characters and the glimpses into North Korea's almost unfathomable society, I ended up liking this book quite a lot.
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