A strange mix of poetry in well narrated prose, this book stands alone and has no real comparison. Recommended by a colleague, I listened and found myself mesmerized and immersed in a whole new world. This book challenges our idea of culture and opens you up to the struggle to maintain one's sense of self in the face of impossible circumstances. The story is brutal and frustrating but written so well that you almost float through the experience. Well done!
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Emotional and captivating, it was not a book that I would choose (book club choice) but I feel better for having read it. Descriptive and poignant while depicting harsh realities of what life must be like in North Korea -- all wound in a web of illusion. Some parts were slow to build and tedious but perhaps that was all part of the plan. Outstanding narration.
I could not finish this book. It was joyless and harsh. Be forewarned that this is a story from a brutal land, North Korea, where one's ability to withstand physical and mental anguish is the mark of a man. You will not be spared.
With little information about North Korea, I was enthralled to delve into the lives of the different characters. While the book played to my interest in this unknown nation, I felt that the story itself was a little jumbled. It constantly flipped between past, present and future, often with little warning. I am curious if the story would have felt more cohesive if I had read the book instead of listened to it. While the different time periods sometimes made the story feel dense, overall it was a good book that I would recommend to those interested in the culture and individuals of North Korea.
I appreciated the insight into North Korea. The main character had such integrity for someone who came from such dire conditions. I was happy, happy, happy after reading the happy ending.
Cutting for Stone is also about a boy from a restrictive culture who had integrity and the drive to succeed. I would also compare Goldfiinch, in that that boy had a fairly normal start in life but was a liar and a thief from the time he was young, even before his mother died.
No I have not listened to any others.
The main character and Moon Sun.
I would love to read a sequel.
No need at this point to discuss the plot. An alien culture yet universal human appeal. Compelling plot yet frequent revulsion and disgust. Outstanding narration too. May not be everyone's cup of tea, but a worthy prize winner for a simultaneous punch to the brain and heart.