Tuesday, August 14, 2012

ReView of 'The Orphan Master's Son' by Adam Johnson

Book Tour Review + Giveaway

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
Historical Fiction ; ( 443pgs )
Random House Publishing

A book, a literary novel, about North Korea.  Who would have thought I'd actually get my hands on this book and read it.  Well, I did, and it wasn't all I thought it would be.  It was above and beyond my expectations.

As we all know North Korea is one of the most isolated countries on the globe. This book actually begs the question as you read it whether it's actual literary fiction or a version of reality.  Just as in real life, the society of North Korea in the novel, especially the main characters, experience an oppressive regime.  Yet, somehow, their lives still maintain hues of humanity and qualities of a humanistic existence.  I believe this is what  makes this book a little warmer, softer around the edges.

Jun Do is the orphan master's son.  He's one of the most prominent assests the Japanese happen to have.  He's a tunnel soldier, who later becomes an English translator, and even further becomes a surveillance spy on a boat.  What happens during these transitions makes you tied to the book. It's absolutely a magnificently written novel, no doubt.

The next thing that transpires, specifically his chance to arrive to the USA changes his life completely. What goes on next is both a shock and a pleasant surprise twist to the novel.  This is pretty much the highlight of the novel, the ultimate meat to the sandwich.  I would recommend this novel especially because of events that happen once he reaches the US.

Overall, I would have to say this novel is worth reading. You must read it, in fact.  It is a unique perspective, but at the same time a perspective we are all familiar with but we can always learn more about.

This book was offered to me through TLC Book Tours.  If you would like to visit the rest of the tour schedule, please visit this website.  

Adam Johnson’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, August 7th:  Booklover’s Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 8th:  The Bowed Bookshelf
Thursday, August 9th:  Unabridged Chick
Monday, August 13th:  As I Turn the Pages
Tuesday, August 14th:  Gone Bookserk
Thursday, August 16th:  Col Reads
Monday, August 20th:  Life in Review
Wednesday, August 22nd:  Lit and Life
Thursday, August 23rd:  Bookish Habits
Monday, August 27th:  The Scarlett Letter
Tuesday, August 28th:  Book Bird Dog
Thursday, August 30th:  So Simply Sara
Tuesday, September 4th:  Serendipitous Reading
Monday, September 10th:  Peeking Between the Pages
Thursday, September 13th:  You’ve GOTTA read this!

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