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The Orphan Master's Son

A Novel
Johnson, Adam (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Orphan Master's Son


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The son of an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.
Authors: Johnson, Adam, 1967-
Title: The orphan master's son
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Random House Trade Paperbacks,, c2012
Characteristics: 456 p. ;,21 cm
Notes: Includes reader's guide (p. [449]-456)
Summary: The son of an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.
ISBN: 9780812982626
0812982622
Statement of Responsibility: Adam Johnson
Subject Headings: Orphans Korea (North) Fiction Totalitarianism Fiction Korea (North) Fiction
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Topical Term: Orphans
Totalitarianism
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Report This Apr 03, 2014
  • stoker rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

For a true story of N Korea, read Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. I found the Orphan Master's Son too satirical, too silly and unbelievable, too far-fetched. I don't need satire to bring out the horror of the N Korean regime. It is very clear in a truthful way in Demick's book.

Report This Apr 02, 2014
  • becker rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Oh my goodness, did I ever struggle with this book. It fluctuated between engaging and tedious. At several points I almost gave up on it and at other times I couldn't put it down. It was so saturated in satire that it became riduculous in places. The American authorship of this book was so evident that it was distracting. I'm not even sure what my final opinion of the book is but I certainly won't forget it. It was an experience.

A very interesting read. The author even in fiction, get facts right about the oppressive regime in North Korea. Sometimes very difficult but keeps the interest to finish the book

Report This Feb 20, 2014
  • johnharper_01 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Agreat story. A real eye opening look into North Korea as well.

Report This Dec 21, 2013
  • Leonthedog rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This is a book with a lot of gratuitous anf casual violence that makes it sometimes difficult to read. As well it is difficult to tell where the satire ends and the truth starts. It reminded me very much of Tom Wolfe‘ s books. Written very much from an American view by a very American writer. Not worth the Pulitzer in any case.

Report This Nov 08, 2013
  • callaottawa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great read. A slow start but picks up quickly. Fascinating topic with plot lines that keep you interested right to the end.. A glimpse into a scary North Korea.

I can see why this book won the Pulitzer. It was an amazing study into the insanity of a culture closed to the world and divorced from fact. It reads like science fiction but I believe that the essential truth of North Korea is in these pages.

Couldn't read this. Too grim.

Report This May 13, 2013
  • ssjhung rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was not interested in a fiction with a background in North Korea, but I decided I had to read it after it won the Pulitzer, and I am very glad I did. The most interesting fiction I have read in the past few months.

Pulitzer prize for fiction, 2013.

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