Book Review: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Book Review: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. I’ve read 21 books since this one. Five of those in the space of one week in Rhodes. 


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The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

The tale of one man should be simple. Not when you grow up in North Korea. Little is known about this part of the world, but Adam Johnson’s novel feels authentic. We follow Pak Jun Do as he tries to live in the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea and find his true love. It’s a tragedy that could be compared to the classics, Jun Do has a good heart and the best intentions, and fate has other plans. It’s gripping and beautifully told in two distinctive styles. Its humorous and thought provoking to see the western world through Jun Do’s eyes. It makes the reader realise, we all want the same things: a decent meal, a warm bed at night and someone that makes the suffering bearable.  

If you like the sound of this book, you can have it. The first person to message me with their address, will get it. Only one rule: pass it on when your done. A friend, a family member, anyone. This is my favourite ‘pro’ of physical books: sharing. I want to make this a thing. A network of book lovers sharing and posting books to each other. I’m sure I’ll think of a better name later. For now, the next time you finish a book, pass it on. 

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