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    PDF/EBOOK (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/EBOOK (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 loud

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Free read ¿ The Orphan Master's Son ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free download ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Adam Johnson Adam Johnson ↠ 5 Summary 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. Literature is a fiction that tells a greater truth so somebody wise once said But the truth is a tricky business This epic story set in the Democratic People s Republic of Korea that s the bad one offers freuent reminders of that fact First there s the uestion of where the genuinely dire straits of North Koreans end and the semi satirical abstractions begin Did Johnson exaggerate the atrocities Did his fiction indeed tell a greater truth Then there s a related uestion about Jun Do the book s central figure At some point he becomes the subject of the ultimate in unreliable narrators the DPRK propaganda machine Fortunately for the reader the parts handled by the omniscient narrator dominated and they made for uite a storyIn various post publication interviews Johnson said he conducted extensive research for the book it took him 7 years including talks with refugees and a visit to Pyongyang He mentioned that if anything he had to tone down some of the brutality that he d heard about from former prisoners Jun Do as the North Korean everyman was unrealistically amalgamated but this was an effective device Making him a composite with a wide variety of experiences was a convenient way to drive the plot The action begins at an orphanage where his father was the orphan master but one who showed no favoritism to his son Jun Do s first official duty was as a soldier specializing in tunnel combat taekwondo in the dark then he was recruited to help kidnap Japanese civilians After language school to learn English he worked as a spy doing radio surveillance on a fishing boat He gained national hero status sacrificing himself for the sake of a lie that kept the fishermen out of prison This renown got him placed as one of the delegates for a state visit to Texas where cultures inevitably clashed often humorously For instance dogs in this strange land were somehow deemed to be venerable creatures Then as the dark side of governmental caprice would have it he ended up in prison doing hard labor This was no picnic unless you consider the protein rich moths the cagiest survivors gathered when the lights went out to be nice alfresco fare I don t feel like I m giving anything away outlining Jun Do s experiences above They were the basis for the first half of the book where he proxied for a molded North Korean identity The second half of the book was structured uite differently Jun Do assumed another role altogether as he replaced a high ranking army official To avoid spoilers I ll be vague I will however mention that his assumed role included the name the station and the wife of the ex commander but not his demeanor The second half also introduced two new narrators One was an interrogator who was attempting to piece together the commander s story The other was the aforementioned propaganda machine broadcasting throughout the land over loudspeakers Officials told a very different story as you might imagine In their version of things a step well beyond the truthiness of Stephen Colbert Americans used their lights at night which were virtuously precluded for the North Korean citizenry to practice indolence and homosexuality Supreme Leader Kim Jong il shot 11 holes in one in a single round I remember when this story really was reported which must have stretched credulity even there and the spin put on our commander s story would put any self respecting gyroscope to shameThe book has been described variously as a thriller a love story a dystopian political satire and by Johnson himself a trauma narrative It featured elements of each Johnson not only conjoined these disparate styles he told the bigger story with nuance and flair Had he confused the old rule and made it tell don t show his efforts would have fallen flat Instead the privation and torture are palpably clear and the easy to draw inference resonates all the Johnson was clever in the way he humanized Jun Do at the same time that he obscured his identity Making him a de facto orphan must have been a way to show the subjugation of family in favor of state Even his name which an American confused with John Doe signifies the unidentified man The reader knows different though We see the real man We see how individual honesty can trump totalitarian lies for the sake of true loveI don t view this as a perfect book Certain aspects of the plot seemed implausible that didn t need to be to tell the same story Plus even though I just praised Johnson for showing and not telling there were times when I felt like Jun Do was a little too remote like a few glimpses into his interior life would have helped me connect Even so this is damn near 5 star territory Though the greater truths about North Korea its people and its rule may be approximate they re a whole lot than I d ever known before Biggles Flies East years including talks with refugees and a visit to Pyongyang He mentioned that if anything he had to tone down some of the brutality that he d heard about from former prisoners Jun Do as the North Korean everyman was unrealistically amalgamated but this was an effective device Making him a composite with a wide variety of experiences was a convenient way to drive the plot The action begins at an orphanage where his father was the orphan master but one who showed no favoritism to his son Jun Do s first official duty was as a soldier specializing in tunnel combat taekwondo in the dark then he was recruited to help kidnap Japanese civilians After language school to learn English he worked as a spy doing radio surveillance on a fishing boat He gained national hero status sacrificing himself for the sake of a lie that kept the fishermen out of prison This renown got him placed as one of the delegates for a state visit to Texas where cultures inevitably clashed often humorously For instance dogs in this strange land were somehow deemed to be venerable creatures Then as the dark side of governmental caprice would have it he ended up in prison doing hard labor This was no picnic unless Letters to Chloe you consider the protein rich moths the cagiest survivors gathered when the lights went out to be nice alfresco fare I don t feel like I m giving anything away outlining Jun Do s experiences above They were the basis for the first half of the book where he proxied for a molded North Korean identity The second half of the book was structured uite differently Jun Do assumed another role altogether as he replaced a high ranking army official To avoid spoilers I ll be vague I will however mention that his assumed role included the name the station and the wife of the ex commander but not his demeanor The second half also introduced two new narrators One was an interrogator who was attempting to piece together the commander s story The other was the aforementioned propaganda machine broadcasting throughout the land over loudspeakers Officials told a very different story as Ford County you might imagine In their version of things a step well beyond the truthiness of Stephen Colbert Americans used their lights at night which were virtuously precluded for the North Korean citizenry to practice indolence and homosexuality Supreme Leader Kim Jong il shot 11 holes in one in a single round I remember when this story really was reported which must have stretched credulity even there and the spin put on our commander s story would put any self respecting gyroscope to shameThe book has been described variously as a thriller a love story a dystopian political satire and by Johnson himself a trauma narrative It featured elements of each Johnson not only conjoined these disparate styles he told the bigger story with nuance and flair Had he confused the old rule and made it tell don t show his efforts would have fallen flat Instead the privation and torture are palpably clear and the easy to draw inference resonates all the Johnson was clever in the way he humanized Jun Do at the same time that he obscured his identity Making him a de facto orphan must have been a way to show the subjugation of family in favor of state Even his name which an American confused with John Doe signifies the unidentified man The reader knows different though We see the real man We see how individual honesty can trump totalitarian lies for the sake of true loveI don t view this as a perfect book Certain aspects of the plot seemed implausible that didn t need to be to tell the same story Plus even though I just praised Johnson for showing and not telling there were times when I felt like Jun Do was a little too remote like a few glimpses into his interior life would have helped me connect Even so this is damn near 5 star territory Though the greater truths about North Korea its people and its rule may be approximate they re a whole lot than I d ever known before

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Free read ¿ The Orphan Master's Son ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free download ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Adam Johnson Adam Johnson ↠ 5 Summary 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. CITIZENS gather round the individualistic screens of your capitalistically exploited folding computers and other pocket sized computational devices The Dear Reviewer has much omniscient wisdom and many synoptic truths to impart Set aside your Facebook and Twitter feeds and summon every last ounce of patriotic love for and devotion to the Democratic People s Republic of Goodreads in order to focus your cluttered Western minds and screen worn eyes for several uninterrupted minutes on this update of paramount significance from your Dear ReviewerEND TRANSMISSIONA Terse Intrusion of Self AwarenessI ve been really fascinated and concerned with North Korea for years now I didn t suddenly take an interest now that I ve ex patriated to South Korea to Incheon specifically which is a mid sized metropolis only a handful of miles from the mine filled border separating NS Korea But I can t deny that reading this book now after a few months of becoming intimate with Korean culture and history both through Korean people and the further reading of books and viewing of documentaries1 doesn t have some influence on my reading I just don t know exactly what that influence is In any case I find these kind of meta review musings to uickly become tiresome at this point in my GRing career and only worth a severely limited number of keystrokes so I ll leave it to rest right here1Kimjongilia A fantastic documentary largely consisting of interviews with former North Koreans who ve managed to escape the countryCrossing the Line A documentary about a former US Army soldier who willingly crossed the DMZ in the early 60 s and defected to North Korea He s lived there for 46 years A truly bizarre story Fascinating stuff Watch the whole thing on YouTube hereA State of Mind A documentary about two young girls training for North Korea s annual jaw dropping spectacle known as Mass Games Whole thing is hereInside North Korea One of the first documentaries I watched Another fascinating look into the country Watch it here Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick Read the first chapter online hereExploded Preconceptions The Orphan Master s Son really defied and surpassed my expectations in at least two basic ways1 As a whole this novel was even enjoyable and impressive than I was excitedly expecting based upon this great review of it the review that instantly caused my cursor to float over the add to my books button and my finger to give the clicking go ahead2 Once inside the book it circumnavigated my plot point projections and hypotheses and went in directions both in story and style that I didn t possibly see coming not in the slightestBegin With Not Knowing Where To BeginThe book is jam packed with so much well crafted deeply researched and deftly executed writing that it s difficult to know where to begin and like with many great books when I get down into trenches of the review I have to eventually just leave my desire to drop in copious details and potential spoilers at the door and just go ahead give the mountain top view in panoramic snapshots I ll forego all plot overviews and focus on stylistic and thematic ones For a good synopsis see the one in the above linked review and couple that with the publisher s for good measurePositioning the PenThe prose is rich without being decadent There s a beautiful restraint and writerly self control to be felt that also doesn t sacrifice beauty for utility or baroue verbosity for inelegance or bareness It reminded me in a distant way of the pitch perfection of several other language master authors that have little else in common namely the recent efforts of both Ben Marcus and Heidi JulavitsI read a lot of experimentalsurreal fiction and love much of it and this book is so reality based and amazingly well researched yet since it s based on such a strange time warp reality such as North Korea it sometimes brushes up against similarly bizarre tones and registers but with the extreme heartrending ends that seriously reality based fiction can deliver on its best daysSo many vivid descriptions are stuck to my memory now The roiling black waters of the freezing ocean The slowly suffocating shark s eyes being stupid with death The nightly pitch black of Pyongyang The unthinkable hunger of comrades The terrible blue flash of would be escapees colliding with electric fences The daily propagandistic bombardment of the omnipresent loudspeaker in e ry housing block factory and street corner The barely imaginable callousness and sadism of professional interrogators and the barely imaginable pain they inflict upon those they pry confessions from The grateful and desperate eating of things like flowers cow s blood and the raw flesh of snared song birds The ability to sacrifice human life both one s own and one s loved ones in circumstances most modern human beings find utterly mind boggling to contemplate if contemplated seriously at allSoldering the StructureThroughout the vast latter portion of the book the narrative bounces back and forth between two basic periods not too distant from each other one revealing some very major developments to come in the other But there s some doubt about the reliability of the narration that s planted by the ingenious use of multiple POVs and contradictory accounts of the same incidents namely that of The State via Loudspeaker Propaganda and those of individual citizens those of which often lie to themselves and to one another as is the natural outcome in an environment simmering with such potent levels of fear and paranoia But even in knowing the tragic outcomes of various narrative strands I still found myself so enthralled gripping my stupid but necessary Kindle with widened eyes and under the spell of a totally bought into hope n desire for the Good Guys To Win for Happy Resolutions to blossom at the tips of such storied trajectories I rooted for our protagonists all the way hope against hope That s the sign of a truly riveting book one that can tell you rather explicitly that things won t work out the way you want them to and yet there you are hungrily flipping pages hoping and wanting all the sameCapitalism v CommunismTo not put too fine a point on it let me start with a blunt assertion The problem is tyranny the consolidation of too much power in too few hands and a lack of blending the best of both socio economic models that falls somewhere in the range of social democracies of the sort we see in large parts of Western Europe today The US seems a good candidate for the poster boy for all that Capitalism does wrong its excesses its moral callousness its severe intrusion into and subseuent sullying of the democratic process and so forth And North Korea is a perfect example of all that Communism does wrong reducing the individual to total subservience to the State stifling creativity and innovation in favor of narrow utility the willingness to tyrannically punish and censor and limit people s ability to criticize the State and so forth Both forces if not tempered by the good of their opposition have the tendency to lead to dire conseuencesAs much as I detest North Korea thinking deeply about it is a legitimate exercise of the noblest aspirations of Liberal Democracy and culturally sensitive philosophy Of course my final analysis remains or less the same which is that NK is a monstrous dictatorship that ideally would fall and be absorbed by the South but in taking the time and effort to somewhat suspend judgment and vigorously uestion my presuppositions I felt a renewed confidence in such assessments and a deeper appreciation for the relatively flawed as they may be positions I tend to take on not only governmental and economic structures but on ethics itself North Korea is fucked up So is America But they re not eually fucked up and in this stance I find something redeeming something that is obvious at first glance to many already convinced of the goodness of certain ideologies but something I now feel doubly confident in after having given myself over to the very real possibility that my blind spots are just as blind and convincing as those whom I witness as unfortunate victims of brutally degrading tyrannical statesLove and TransparencyOne of the great enduring messages of the book is simply that love is being totally honest with another person This trite truism could be easily cast aside by jaded modern 21st century sophisticates ahem but put into the context of a story where people are constantly getting their stories straight being turned in to the secret police and sent off to labor camps by their own friends and family in a constant game of concealing their true feelings and true identities well it becomes a magnificent thing to behold in such a place Please read this book and find out for yourself exactly what I mean by all of this I don t think you ll regret it

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  • The Orphan Master's Son
  • Adam Johnson
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  • 10 October 2020
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