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Orpokodin poika (2012)

Tekijä: Adam Johnson

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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
    Suljettu maa : elämää Pohjois-Koreassa (tekijä: 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 (tekijä: B. R. Myers) (bibliothequaire)
  3. 10
    Pjongjang (tekijä: 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
    Me sotasankarit (tekijä: Joseph Heller) (aethercowboy)
  5. 10
    The Accusation (tekijä: Bandi) (alanteder)
  6. 00
    Sons of Heaven (tekijä: Terrence Cheng) (booklove2)
    booklove2: Main characters have similar personalities, also they both battle regimes.
  7. 00
    Decoded (tekijä: 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 (tekijä: 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 (tekijä: 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
    Oman elämänsä sankari (tekijä: 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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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 290) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
If life in N. Korea is anything like this book makes it seem ... it sucks worse than imagined. Not sure I enjoyed the writing"," though. Skipped around a bit .. hard to follow ... didn't really understand the main character. ( )
  vickiv | Apr 2, 2024 |
It's an unlikely place for an American to set a novel, North Korea. How to write about life in The Hermit Kingdom, a place well known for being bizarrely strange and unknown to outsiders. I'd read one novel set there before, albeit before the partition of Korea: Chaim Potok's I Am the Clay, based I believe on Potok's experience as a chaplain in the Korean War. It was a grim, depressing, joyless novel. Now we have a few accounts of what life in the North is like from defectors who managed to escape it, and we have satellite photos of the prison camps that swallow whole families and of the utter darkness of the country at night due to the absence of electricity. In the acknowledgements page Adam Johnson thanks those who accompanied him on his travels in North Korea, so he's one of the few to have a first-hand sight of the place as well, abridged though that sight may be.

While I know North Koreans must be as full of the normal human drives and impulses and attitudes as humans anywhere, it's hard to shake the image of conformist drones performing in the Mass Games, or of brainwashed cultists sobbing at news of Kim Il-Sung's death. One of Johnson's triumps in this novel, for me anyway, is restoring to North Koreans their individuality. These characters are people like people anywhere, most of them people the reader can empathize with, though their actions and behaviors are truly and bizarrely warped by the monstrous society they live in.

The story is incredible, and incredibly riveting and entertaining. This is not a joyless novel. Jun Do grows up in a provincial orphanage, we later learn because his mother was taken by the squads that scour the countryside to transport pretty young women to the capital Pyongyang. He enters the army and is plucked to join a team that kidnaps Japanese citizens. From there he is taught English and sent to join the crew of a fishing vessel, where he is to listen to communications being sent by Americans. When a shipmate sets off on a defection attempt, the crew invents a story of a dastardly American sneak-attack in an effort to avoid all being sent to prison camps with their families, which involves Jun Do volunteering his arm to a shark attack. The story is deemed useful by the authorities, and Jun Do is whisked to Texas to tell it and show off his injuries as part of a quixotic diplomatic mission.

On his return, he is thrown into a prison camp. Having been to America, he is now a corrupted and unredeemable citizen, nevermind his brief hero status. And then suddenly the novels begins a new section: Jun Do is now the new Commander Ga, Minister of Prison Mines, married to national actress Sun Moon, and confidante of the Dear Leader... for, he knows all too well, only as long as he is useful. How on earth did this happen? The second half of the novel gradually reveals the story, the climax at a Pyongyang airport with the Dear Leader and an American cargo plane, and the denouement with Jun Do/Commander Ga tortured and questioned.

It's a brilliant story, and sheds new and fascinating light on that bizarre nation of North Korea. And now I'm exceedingly curious about how Adam Johnson managed to travel around North Korea, whose leaders, if they read this novel, certainly won't be happy. ( )
  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
I forced myself to read until page 260 of 443. I hated every minute I spent reading this book. I really, really do not understand the hype.

I found the characters unsympathetic, the story muddled and reading it was not at all enjoyable. I have too many other books in my TBR pile to continue with this.

What am I missing?
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
Disturbing, disorienting, superb. To quote The Decemberists' popular song:

"This is why, why we fight, why we lie awake
This is why, this is why we fight
When we die we will die with our arms unbound
This is why, this is why we fight"

( )
  jemisonreads | Jan 22, 2024 |
Story: 4.5 / 10
Characters: 6
Setting: 10
Prose: 7

I wonder if this is the last book I'll read. Seems like I read only bad books. Should I stop reading, move to comic books, or only read authors I already like? ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 290) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
"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. "
lisäsi Christa_Josh | muokkaaLibrary Journal, Susanne Wells (Nov 1, 2011)
 

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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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