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The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
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Jun 26, 12

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Read from June 02 to 25, 2012

The book started slowly for me, probably because it was such a departure from my usual fare of theology and fantasy lit. This ended up being a very powerful read and horrifying in many ways. Adam Johnson takes us behind the mystique of North Korea and spins a tale about an orphan master's son who gets pulled into a resistance against Kim Jong Il.

I was particularly struck by the story's reflections on freedom, intimacy, and suffering.

This is not for the faint of heart, but well worth your time.
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Judy I agree, Tom. I find reading these kind of novels enlightening and frightening! Do you think I ought to put this in our library? Maybe too much. Let me know.


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Tom Judy wrote: "I agree, Tom. I find reading these kind of novels enlightening and frightening! Do you think I ought to put this in our library? Maybe too much. Let me know."

I'm not sure about the library question. Do you have a warning system?


Judy Good response. I'll keep it at home.


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