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The Orphan Master's Son: a Novel



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Author
Johnson, Adam
Descriptors
Dictatorships
Kidnapping
Literate Fiction
Orphans
Political Corruption
Political Thrillers
Spies
Torture
Violence
Location/Setting:
North Korea
Texas
Time Period:
21st Century
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Summary
Raised as an orphan, Jun do is first drafted to serve in the military on tunnel duty and then into kidnapping Japanese citizens by the North Korean government. Moving up the government ladder, he then is trained to speak English and serves as a radioman on a fishing vessel. After being imprisoned in a mine, he escapes by impersonating the prison commander who serves directly under Kim Jung Il. Through these experiences, Jun Do uncovers the lies of North Korea and learns to truly value freedom. In the end, he makes the ultimate sacrifice for those he loves.
Critique
Winner of the Pulitzer prize, Johnson's heavily researched and mesmerizing book is a character driven story about Jun Do's awakening to the reality of North Korea, its privations, barbarities and surreal dissonance between the exterior and interior lives of its people. The audiobook feels as if Jun Do is telling you his fantastical, horrifying, life affirming story.
ISBN
9780812992793
  iBistro
# of Pages
443
Published
2012
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Reviewer's Initials: DO


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