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The Orphan Master's Son (2012)

de Adam Johnson

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3,8432803,088 (4.06)1 / 421
Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

The Pulitzer Prizewinning, New York Times betselling novel of North Korea: an epic journey into the heart of the worlds most mysterious dictatorship.
Imagine Charles Dickens paying a visit to Pyongyang, and you see the canvas on which [Adam] Johnson is painting here.The Washington Post
Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mothera singer stolen to Pyongyangand an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the North Korean state soon recognize the boys loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world, Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his 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 save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress so pure, she didnt know what starving people looked like.
Part breathless thriller, part story of innocence lost, part story of romantic love, The Orphan Masters Son is also a riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from view: a North Korea rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER OF THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE
Named ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by more than a dozen publications, including The Washington Post Entertainment Weekly The Wall Street Journal Los Angeles Times San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for The Orphan Masters Son

An exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.Pulitzer Prize citation
Mr. Johnson has written a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice.Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Rich with a sense of discovery . . . The Orphan Masters Son has an early lead on novel of [the year].The Daily Beast
This is a novel worth getting excited about.The Washington Post
[A] ripping piece of fiction that is also an astute commentary on the nature of freedom, sacrifice, and glory.Elle

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  1. 100
    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea de Barbara Demick (kqueue)
    kqueue: A non-fiction account of people in North Korea. The hardships they endure at the hands of their government are jaw-dropping. It backs up everything in The Orphan Master's Son.
  2. 10
    The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters de B. R. Myers (bibliothequaire)
  3. 10
    Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea de Guy Delisle (Henrik_Madsen)
    Henrik_Madsen: Guy Delisle has based his graphic novel on his own experiences from North Korea - it is definitely also worth a read.
  4. 10
    Catch-22 de Joseph Heller (aethercowboy)
  5. 10
    L'acusació de Bandi (alanteder)
  6. 00
    Sons of Heaven de Terrence Cheng (booklove2)
    booklove2: Main characters have similar personalities, also they both battle regimes.
  7. 00
    Decoded de Mai Jia (Limelite)
    Limelite: Complex tales and artistic novels about individuals trapped in a tyrannical state and forced at the whim of totalitarian government to do work they are morally, emotionally and spiritually opposed to.
  8. 00
    A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power de Paul Fischer (Meredy)
    Meredy: When I read The Orphan Master's Son, I sensed that it was telling the truth in a way that only fiction can. This view of the DPRK regime seems to corroborate Johnson's surrealistic narrative to a degree of literalness that I did not anticipate.
  9. 02
    Number9Dream de David Mitchell (clfisha)
    clfisha: OK not really alike except in tone. A rollicking good adventure and playful narrative structure (Mitchell is more experimental).
  10. 15
    Prínceps de Maine, reis de Nova Anglaterra de John Irving (suniru)
    suniru: Although the settings are wildly different,the central figure in both books is the "head boy" in an orphanage. Also, "identity" is central to both books.
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Wow, what a ride. A gripping book that is arresting and discomforting, but also funny at times. Kafkasesque in its depiction of North Korea, but more realistically horrific and bleak. Awful at times, but beautifully written and realized, with gleaming scattered splinters of redemption. ( )
  thisisstephenbetts | Nov 25, 2023 |
A real page turner! ( )
  autumndragyn | Nov 23, 2023 |
This book was stranger than Murakami and Saunders put together. North Korea seems truly weird.
( )
  nogomu | Oct 19, 2023 |
A view of life inside North Korea. Brutal tales. And mystical. and hard to believe.
But apparently based on reality as described by persons who have escaped from NK. ( )
  jjbinkc | Aug 27, 2023 |
Brilliant, evocative, revealing writing lifted me out of my world and placed me in that of citizen Jun Do of North Korea.

The audio book readers' voices still ring in my ears. For days, perhaps weeks, I'll be pondering the profound humanity [a:Adam Johnson|36615|Adam Johnson|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1323830690p2/36615.jpg] summons through this fully developed character, his harsh and stunning experiences, the vivid places life takes him, the people he encounters, and who he becomes.

Riveting! ( )
  rebwaring | Aug 14, 2023 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 282 (següent | mostra-les totes)
"Readers who enjoy a fast-paced political thriller will welcome this wild ride through the amazingly conflicted world that exists within the heavily guarded confines of North Korea. Highly recommended. "
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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

The Pulitzer Prizewinning, New York Times betselling novel of North Korea: an epic journey into the heart of the worlds most mysterious dictatorship.
Imagine Charles Dickens paying a visit to Pyongyang, and you see the canvas on which [Adam] Johnson is painting here.The Washington Post
Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mothera singer stolen to Pyongyangand an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the North Korean state soon recognize the boys loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world, Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his 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 save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress so pure, she didnt know what starving people looked like.
Part breathless thriller, part story of innocence lost, part story of romantic love, The Orphan Masters Son is also a riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from view: a North Korea rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER OF THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE
Named ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by more than a dozen publications, including The Washington Post Entertainment Weekly The Wall Street Journal Los Angeles Times San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for The Orphan Masters Son

An exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.Pulitzer Prize citation
Mr. Johnson has written a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice.Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Rich with a sense of discovery . . . The Orphan Masters Son has an early lead on novel of [the year].The Daily Beast
This is a novel worth getting excited about.The Washington Post
[A] ripping piece of fiction that is also an astute commentary on the nature of freedom, sacrifice, and glory.Elle

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