The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson was the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction and it doesn’t disappoint.  This is the story of Pak Jun Do; the orphan turned kidnapper turned fishing boat signal operator turned diplomat turned commander.  Enter the hidden world of North Korea where propaganda and the authority of the Dear Leader are the only things that can be counted on.  I am a bit of a Korea buff so finding this wonderfully written and frighteningly real story was a real treat.  I tell friends that if they want to get a sense of North Korea to read this book along with Nothing to Envy: ordinary lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick and Dear Leader: poet, spy, escapee by Jin-Sung Jang. (Submitted by Braden).

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