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    review The Orphan Master's Son Adam Johnson È 6 Free download PDF READ The Orphan Master's Son In a stunning feat of imagination Johnson puts us inside Jun Do yep John Doe a North Korean orphan who stumbles from poverty to a job as body double for a Hero of the Eternal Revolution The closed world of North Korea revealed here—where businessmen are conscripted to work in the rice fields and the ruthless Kim Jong il is still the Dear L

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    PDF READ The Orphan Master's Son This is not an easy book to read It preys on the minds of readers on the fears and hopes that stem from our deeply ingrained cultural

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    review The Orphan Master's Son PDF READ The Orphan Master's Son The Orphan Master's Son Has No Clothes I'd love to take credit for coming up with that beautifully stated extremely accurate summing up of this awful awful book but I can't I suppose if nothing else I can boast having married the man who did I wasn't 30 pages into this farce and I'm not speaking of the story stylings when it became uite clear that all the praise being heaped upon this pile of literary poo I am forever m

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    PDF READ The Orphan Master's Son Read it uick before North Korea decides you can'tIf I wasn’t glad that Kim Jong Il is dead before reading this book I certainly am nowPak Jun Do never knew his mother and is raised in the orphanage his father runs Because of this he is constantly mistaken for an orphan for the rest of his life Eventually Jun Do winds up as one of the tunnel fighters who work in secret passages under the DMZ into South Korea but he’s recruited

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    Adam Johnson È 6 Free download PDF READ The Orphan Master's Son Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son defies categories and captives the reader's attention end to end We are brought face to face with the brutal inhumanity of the Kim Jong Il dictatorship which the author visited and tried to depict as accurately as possible given the lack of defectors and their testimony But the even deeper story was how much suffering and deprivation humans can endure while remaining humanFor another interest

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    PDF READ The Orphan Master's Son I'll preface this review by saying that in many ways this is an excellent novel It's intelligent rich in symbolism and metaphor and takes place in one of the most interesting contemporary settings an author could choose It has many moments of terrific insight regarding one of the strangest and most tragic places on Earth I can see why it's g

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    PDF READ The Orphan Master's Son I don't understand the accolades this book has been getting I did read it during a week of awful flu and the slowness of getting into it may have been partly attributable to that It's certainly clever and Johnson is nothing if not inventive But I couldn't get past the use of North Korea as a setting which seemed like a meretricious trick to me There's certainly a lot of superficial North Korean trappings loudspeakers prison min

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    PDF READ The Orphan Master's Son This is just flat out brilliant An amazing imaginative leap into an unknowable country one that feels so granular

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Read × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB È Adam Johnson Adam Johnson È 6 Free download The Orphan Master's Son Free read ☆ 6 Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world” Jun Do rises in the. This is not an easy book to read It preys on the minds of readers on the fears and hopes that stem from our deeply ingrained cultural concepts our habitual comfortable worldview It takes you to the place where you can no longer be sure what is based in reality and what is the result of an absurdist deeply satirical interpretation of itThis is a book that s set in North Korea and its protagonist is cleverly perhaps overly so named Jun Do that is John Doe the North Korean everyman I guess It spotlights the deeply disturbing aspects of the life in this isolated strange place the propaganda the police state the prison camps the torture interrogations the power of the state over individuals the hunger the poverty the exploitation the lies the cruelty the resignation of many to their fate the mistrust the crazed leaders the corrupt almost surreal regime Where we are from he said stories are factual If a farmer is declared a music virtuoso by the state everyone had better start calling him maestro And secretly he d be wise to start practicing the piano For us the story is important than the person If a man and his story are in conflict it is the man who must change There s scarcely a page that is not disturbing in one way or another to its intended Westernized reader There are scenes that are so suddenly graphic and painful that they will forever be etched into my memory like a tattoo if you allow me to use that comparison A certain tattoo worn over a heart is uite important in this book just so you know And there is not a page that does not in one way or another condemn totalitarian propaganda based way of running the lives of people and the horrific ways little people get run over by the relentless machine of the State But here s the thing that kept nagging at me in that little but persistent voice that was impossible to ignore The main punch of this book is the setting the very real country of North Korea perhaps the most isolated place in the world built around the idol like worship of its leaders shrouded in secrets that are impenetrable to the outsiders and likely to its own people This is the society that the Westernized countries tend to view as one giant prison camp that exists in its own warped version of reality a threatening surreal enigma to the outsidersNo wonder that a book about such a place written by an outsider who has visited it once on a state sanctioned tour and talked to select few who managed to escape would have to heavily rely on speculations assumptions and rumors The desire to give voice to the people of that country whose voices we likely will never hear has to be significantly helped just by imagination of the writer that s a sad fact And that s exactly where I came upon my stumbling block What can Adam Johnson an American really know about the lives of North Koreans other than imagine them as the embodiment of the Westerner s worst nightmares How John Doe can his Jun Do be to real North KoreansI believe that Johnson managed to at least somewhat capture the oppressive spirit of the life in North Korea But the truth is the reality no matter how terrifying sad and atrocious it may be remains inaccessible to us and it s hard to write from the heart of something when you have no real knowledge of it After all the Soviets and the Westerners have written and imagined plenty of atrocities about each other and yet none of them managed to actually capture the essence of the world so foreign to them Real stories like this human ones could get you sent to prison and it didn t matter what they were about It didn t matter if the story was about an old woman or a suid attack if it diverted emotion from the Dear Leader it was dangerous I think I d prefer it had this book been just a speculation only perhaps a glimpse into a fictional dystopian society like Orwell s 1984 for instance and not presented as representing the life in a real country full of real people because then I d be able to allow both my brain and my heart to run with the story to fully feel the horror and hopelessness and desperation and outrage instead of always keeping myself in check by involuntary reminders that I will never know what is real and what is created to capitalize on our society s deep fears stemming from our culture s ingrained values And when it comes to the lives of a whole real country these uncertainties these uestions of what is real and what is there just to make me have a desired reaction suddenly become a real huge deal to me What happened Buc asked him I told her the truth about something Ga answered You ve got to stop doing that Buc said It s bad for people s health If I let my apprehensions about this book slide I can appreciate the story a bit It s definitely written well with interesting and skillful alternations between narrators with their distinct voices with gentle transition between the roles of Jun Do into which he s thrust by cruel fate the willingness of the book to explore the disturbing sides of life It manages to both keep you uneasy and yet willing to read to the end even if you already have a good idea of what s to come The language manages to walk the thin line between powerful and yet unobtrusive uite well The parts that take place on the sea were my favorite with the haunting melancholic uality that permeated the pages with descriptions so vivid and memorable with palpable sense of loneliness and uiet longing that is hard to forget The weak point however were the characters themselves They did feel like the vehicles to drive the plot forward created to fulfill very specific roles and not extending much past their niche The inclusion of the Great Leader himself felt purely commercial as the strange figure of now dead North Korean leader is bound to elicit just the right emotions from the reader And Sun Moon the actress who becomes a shining beacon in Jun Do s life elicited little but irritation from me her later reveals to Jun Do nonwithstanding It s telling when you can really root for the characters to succeed in their daring mission because you really cannot bring yourself to care for those the mission is for At the end it s the spoiled and privileged who benefit of course but I somehow doubt that it was the intended message Would I recommend this book It s hard to say The Pulitzer people surely saw something really special in it and they must know about literature and literary merit than yours truly I d recommend it with a disclaimer read it if you are not the type to be constantly preoccupied with doubts about the truths versus imagination in this story read it if you can out these concerns temporarily aside and focus on the emotional punches of the story focusing on little people in the horrific totalitarian propaganda state 3 stars

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Read × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB È Adam Johnson Adam Johnson È 6 Free download The Orphan Master's Son Free read ☆ 6 Ranks He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules arbitrary violence and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to sa. Read it uick before North Korea decides you can tIf I wasn t glad that Kim Jong Il is dead before reading this book I certainly am nowPak Jun Do never knew his mother and is raised in the orphanage his father runs Because of this he is constantly mistaken for an orphan for the rest of his life Eventually Jun Do winds up as one of the tunnel fighters who work in secret passages under the DMZ into South Korea but he s recruited to be part of a team that goes out in boats and snatches random citizens from Japanese or South Korean beaches From there he goes to being a radio operator on fishing boat where an elaborate lie the crew is forced to cook up to save their skins turns him into an unlikely national hero and gets put on a delegation going to Texas to visit an American senator Eventually Jun Do s fortunes take an odd turn that will eventually bring him face to face with the greatest actress in the world According to North Korean propaganda Sun moon and The Dear Leader Kim Jong IlPropaganda plays a big part in this story That fits since this is a country where the leader supposedly shot the lowest round of golf in history the first time he played and where the citizens are expected to proclaim North Korea is the greatest nation on earth even as they re starving to death or being sent to prison mines One of the pieces I liked most was how much of the second half is told to us via third person narration and then we get the North Korean loud speaker version of what occurred I also liked the character of Jun Do uite a bit From the beginning he s a guy who finds himself constantly trying to survive by doing terrible things while saying that he has no choice but he still finds himself sucked into and trouble Unfortunately I didn t buy the developments with the actress Sun moon or the wilder plot twists late in the book Another character an interrogation expert gets involved but his first person narration didn t do much for me I would have preferred stuff with Kim Jong Il because those scenes were alternately hilarious and terrifying There was a lot to like here but in the end I felt it was too drawn out and the author got too cute for his own good in places And one part really bugged me view spoiler The wife of the American senator who has shown incredible warmth and intelligence to Jun Do on his visit to Texas insists that he take one of her puppies back to North Korea Why would any dog lover think that sending one to goddamn North Korea of all places is a good idea hide spoiler

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Read × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB È Adam Johnson Adam Johnson È 6 Free download The Orphan Master's Son Free read ☆ 6 Ve the woman he loves Sun Moon a legendary actress “so pure she didn’t know what starving people looked like” In this epic critically acclaimed tour de force Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger corruption and casual cruelty but also camaraderie stolen moments of beauty and lo. I ll preface this review by saying that in many ways this is an excellent novel It s intelligent rich in symbolism and metaphor and takes place in one of the most interesting contemporary settings an author could choose It has many moments of terrific insight regarding one of the strangest and most tragic places on Earth I can see why it s getting so much attentionAll of that aside this book did not work for me It doesn t read like a book that was so good that they had to award it the Pulitzer it reads like one written with the Pulitzer already in mind The result in my opinion is a cluttered overblown narrative that eventually eclipses the fascinating and tragic nature of life in contemporary North Korea This book is genuinely tragic at times but Johnson never skips an opportunity to remind the reader of that He is constantly pointing out the sadness of things instead of allowing events to speak for themselves On top of that I didn t find the prose very inviting Oftentimes I had to reread simple sentences because they didn t make sense to me the first time I expect this to happen every so often but it happened so regularly with this book that I began thinking it wasn t just me In my case the text simply wouldn t flow I understand the idea of having a relatively anonymous protagonist especially in an environment where the individual is denigrated in favor of the singular narrative of the state Still his lack of identity had me reaching for reasons to care about Jun Do and I found myself caring even less when he morphed into Commander Ga His relationship with Sun Moon was peppered with moments of sexy intrigue but their dialogue was often stilted and lifeless The relationship never came together for me it felt photo shopped into the narrative especially after Johnson drew the clunky Casablanca connection I m willing to accept that perhaps some of this was intentional but in that case I just don t think Johnson made very good choices about how to propel the story forward In the end my biggest complaint was that Johnson appeared to be so concerned with insisting on the profundity of his story that he lost sight of the story itself The last half of the book while containing flashes of metaphorical and thematic success ultimately comes off as contrived The big climax is concerned with making a heroic statement about resistance in North Korea than with finding a conclusion for the characters that fits with the internal logic of their fucked up culture Ga s courageous defiance of Kim Jong Il feels unrealistic and silly I ll concede that Commander Ga s final moments on autopilot are poignant and perfectly executed but then why not end the book that way The events at the airport seem too melodramatic but they provide the kind of climax we all expect This reveals Johnson as exactly what he is an American ivy league writing professor who decided to insert his own story into a foreign culture I ve no doubt the author did his homework and possesses an impressive knowledge of the subject matter but I was too busy trying to get past all the literary contrivances to notice The whole experience left me feeling that a much shorter book with far less literary flair would have packed a greater emotional punch I still want to learn about North Korea so I m going to try Demick s Nothing to Envy Maybe it will be closer to what I m looking for

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  • The Orphan Master's Son
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  • 28 September 2020
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