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Your Republic Is Calling You by Young-Ha Kim
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Oct 25, 2011

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Read 2 times. Last read October 25, 2011 to October 31, 2011.

Interesting premise. A North Korean mole living in South Korea since his early twenties is suddenly and inexplicably called back to his original homeland. He has one day to sort out the various threads of his life and to decide whether to comply or run. His troubled wife and emerging adolescent daughter deal with their own conflicts during the same twenty-four hours, unaware of the impending doom hanging over all of them. The story was engaging enough to hold my interest, but I found the prose and character development lacking. Perhaps the translation is responsible, but the dialogue at times seemed just too unbelievable. Challenged with introducing a lot of backstory within the timeframe of the event, the author sometimes lapsed into tedious exposition. The attempts at contrasting the riven cultures of North and South Korea were interesting, although I concur with an earlier reviewer's thought that the description of North Korea was more imagined than real. All in all, an interesting and thought-provoking story, worth reading.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Paperback Edition)
June 15, 2011 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
October 25, 2011 – Started Reading
October 25, 2011 – Shelved
October 25, 2011 –
4.0%
October 28, 2011 –
15.0%
October 29, 2011 –
65.0%
October 30, 2011 –
75.0%
October 31, 2011 – Finished Reading

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