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The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (original 2012; edição 2012)

por Adam Johnson (Autor)

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The Orphan master's son follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.
Membro:bryanuser
Título:The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Autores:Adam Johnson (Autor)
Informação:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2012), Edition: 1, 442 pages
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The Orphan Master's Son por Adam Johnson (2012)

  1. 100
    A Longa Noite de um Povo por 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 Accusation por Bandi (alanteder)
  3. 10
    Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea por 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
    The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters por B. R. Myers (bibliothequaire)
  5. 10
    Catch-22 por Joseph Heller (aethercowboy)
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    Decoded por 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.
  7. 00
    Sons of Heaven por Terrence Cheng (booklove2)
    booklove2: Main characters have similar personalities, also they both battle regimes.
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    A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power por 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 por 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
    The Cider House Rules por 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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Uch: Like the shark whose fins were sliced off, this novel begins as a ferocious creature, its skin gleaming richly on the surface of the literary ocean – endlessly charming, linguistically succulent – only to slowly sink away into the dead darkness of mediocrity. There are many things that had turned me off this book as I’d reached the last page, and you could find them if you read the other 1-, 2-, 3-star reviews, some of which I'll repeat below.

There were so many broken, interchanging plotlines that I’d begun to break off my connection with the protagonist Jun Do pretty early on. Johnson’s depiction of North Korea, of Kim Jong Il, of Sun Moon – of almost everything, really – feels too hyperbolic, not grounded in what feels real. The language – which had seemed so inspired and interesting in the beginning – loses its luster by the 100th page.

Perhaps all of these are tied to what I think is one of the main strengths of the book: It’s so ridiculous and so ridiculously self-righteous that it’s funny. Jun Do’s ridiculously, epically changing nature is not meant to seem realistic – it’s meant to be laughed at. Those flashing interludes of loudspeaker propaganda – that’s not meant to be good writing: It’s satire. In fact, this entire book read like a satire to me, and in that way, it worked – a bombastic homage to a bombastic nation.

That doesn’t mean that I liked it. In fact, I didn’t. I was frustrated by almost everything about it. It was entertaining, but not to the point where I wanted to continue reading once I put the book down. It made me intensely curious about North Korea, but only so I could actually learn how much of this book was bullshit. The only part I truly loved was the beginning, which opened the novel in an intricate, fascinating way that hooked me onto Jun Do and his story (the kidnappings, the boat... I loved those parts.) Too bad Johnson didn’t propel that kind of writing deeper into the rest of his ridiculous creature-book.
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  Gadi_Cohen | Sep 22, 2021 |
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  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
Adam Johnson studied and visited North Korea while writing this Pulitzer prize-winning novel. A published interview with him says that he used incidents that reportedly really occurred in North Korea to create a fictional composite man who experiences many of the typical practices of the country. I had difficulty getting through it, but I kept at it because I greatly regard the fiction chosen for this coveted prize. Yes, books with political statements are often Pulitzer winners, which I find intriguing. For me, It is easier to grasp important political and international concepts by reading fiction than through other means.

There are two parts to the novel. In the first part, Protagonist Jun Do, pronounced John Doe, begins as a person with no identity but then starts to represent “everyman.” He calls himself the son of an orphan master in North Korea but has no memory of either parent. He and other orphans become part of the army, and he patrols the tunnels of the DMZ. He realizes he has to complete many uncomfortable tasks to survive. He spends years kidnapping civilians in Japan and then joins a fishing vessel called Junma. He learns to transcribe English and listens to radio broadcasts in other languages. For several reasons, Jun Do’s chest is tattooed with the picture of Sun Moon, a North Korean national actress. He also interacts with two American women who are rowing around the world. Both Sun Moon and one of the rowers figure prominently in the second part of the novel after Jun Do becomes a false national hero due to fabricated stories and many untruths.

The second part of the novel, entitled “The Confessions of Commander Ga,” is written in the first person, mostly by an interrogator who is chronicling the life of Commander Ga. After visiting Texas, where the Americans are supposed to view Do as a North Korean hero, Jun Do meets Comrade Buc and Wanda, an American who gives him a satellite camera. Do ends up in a prison camp and eventually killing Commander Ga, who is married to Sun Moon. Do then becomes the replacement Ga and replacement husband for Sun Moon. Of course, this new Ga is an imposter, but he becomes a confidant of the Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il. In addition to the biographer/interrogator, we become immersed in national broadcasts that tell the stories of Sun Moon and Imposter Ga in a way that is flattering to the Dear Leader and purports to convey an image of North Korea as the perfect country.

Through Jun Do and his transformation from orphan to hero and then Commander Ga, we learn about the contradictions inherent in North Korean leadership. Nothing is what it seems to be. Citizens can trust no one. Control of the populace is paramount. Violence and disdain of humanity prevail in decisions. Individuals have little sanctity since society does not honor individuals. Structures exist for the good of those in power. Adam Johnson does a great job of showing the lack of freedom and the ant-American propaganda used to convince North Koreans that there is no value to capitalism and freedom. The overall plot is dark and disturbing since there is so little truth in the Dear Leader’s society, and relationships with other human beings are practically nonexistent. All connection and honor are reserved for the Dear Leader; those who challenge the government are eliminated in many troubling ways.

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  LindaLoretz | Jul 27, 2021 |
Jun Do is raised in a North Korean orphanage (run by his father.) He is selected to join a group of governmental kidnappers, and eventually becomes a governmental eavesdropper. Through a series of events, he assumes the role of a senior commander and challenges the leadership of national leader and demi-god Kim Jong II, for the love of a woman and freedom. Far fatched, especially the second half of the book although the story is loosely based on a real life escapee. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
fiction [pulitzer #18 for this year] (dystopian suspense set in 'modern' North Korea). It's brilliant--why bother inventing a fantasy dystopian world when all these incredible horrors already exist? I was very glad for the switching narrative voices (wouldn't want to have to read the whole thing in the voice of the radio propagandist) and appreciated the complexity of the main character(s). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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"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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