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The Orphan Master's Son (2012)

The Orphan Master's Son (2012)
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4.04 of 5 Votes: 2
ISBN
0812992792 (ISBN13: 9780812992793)
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English
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Random House
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The Orphan Master's Son (2012)
The Orphan Master's Son (2012)

About book: Multiple characters and multiple timelines were sometimes confusing. Story didn't hold my interest. One thing, made me grateful we don't have work camps. But the storyline is okay. The majority of the beginning leads you to believe he'll discover who he is or more about his parents. But no. Skips to a completely different story. There's some closure to that. However, the very ending was lost on me. I was less enamored with this novel as it went on. Yes, I get its larger themes of story-telling and the line between fiction and truth, and there is a side of me that believes the novel's second half, Ga's confessions, is a dream played out while under the auto-pilot. There are times when I like to feel that way when reading - to question, to see the potential for duplicity - and I appreciated the author planting that seed while I read. That said, the book still felt too long, the playfulness of the fiction/truth line was played too much and became burdensome, and the sections from the loudspeaker became tiresome - no doubt as they are to actual North Koreans.
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Amy1630
Couldn't waste any more time on this one.
mycatfishmind
Gave UP! Not my cup o tea at ALL!
bitsyc94
Fantastic book.
rachel28d
didn't love it
meltucks
exceptional
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