Reviews for The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel

by Adam Johnson

Library Journal
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Johnson's North Korean tale is a mixture of adventure and romance, managing epic and intimate scales simultaneously. Pak Jun Do, a relative innocent, slowly rises from the work camp for orphans run by his father (he has to pose as an orphan) to soldier, kidnapper, sailor, spy, and more while falling in love with his country's most famous actress. Johnson depicts life in North Korea in vivid detail but presents his political thriller fancifully as well, invoking how Haruki Murakami or Gabriel Garcia Marquez might have treated this material. VERDICT Readers Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and Tim Kang of television's The Mentalist keep the episodic narrative moving smoothly and energetically, providing a variety of voices for the characters from assorted backgrounds. This should appeal to fans of both thrillers and literary fiction. ["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," read the starred review of the New York Times best-selling Random hc, LJ 11/1/11.-Ed.]-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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