Creating readers in high school English. Choice matters. Let them read!
A student recommended I read this book. I am glad I did. no matter where we live, free or not, our hopes and dreams are the same. God bless people everywhere. Johnson's book sheds light on a people in darkness. The story is moving, the characters real.
If you follow my reviews I can promise to never bore you with reciting what the book is about- and I will never ever give anything away.
Before listening to this book I listened to (I have to remember not to say "read") Dear Leader and I think that Dear Leader was in some way a prolog to understanding that the fantastical events in The Orphan Master's Son are not fantastical but are true. I read that Adam Johnson spent 4 years researching this book and that adds much credence as well.
At times this book is very difficult to listen to - some descriptions are so very distressful that I want to believe that they aren't happening on the other side of the world, but that is wishful thinking. The vivid images I have in my head as a result will take years to dissolve, but I don't regret listening to this book, just the opposite. Not knowing about something does not mean it is not happening.
This is a complex layered story but presented in a matter of fact way and so it is easy to understand the twisting events as they are played out, the key is given very early on that North Korea is a country built on deceptions. The willful suspension of disbelief is a way of life for the characters in the book, so much so that they use it to live - literally.
I have listened to two books since The Orphan Master's Son but I can't even recall their titles right now, the voices of these excellent narrators are still going on in my head - especially the Texas Senator's wife. Funnily, I did not even realize that there was a full cast until I started to write this review and think back on the characters, I was so caught up in the story that I was unconscious of the work that obviously went into the smooth flow.
Can't recommend at all. Writing was very tedious, hard to finish but I did! Trying to find something redeeming in the process.
Circling the Sun, about Beryl Markham, a fascinating denizen of early British settlement in Kenya.
maybe, story as told in such a slow, deliberate way made it hard to evaluate quality of narration.
Would have written completely differently...topic should have been engaging but as told was notl
Holy cow. This will be required reading in history classes around the world. So much to sink your teeth in. Beautiful but tragic. I enjoyed every minute.
I liked the book, but I didn't feel that enough explanation was given, I needed more background. As I got towards the end of the book it made more sense but the author jumped from scene to scene it was very confusing.
While the beginning of the book could represent a challenge for anyone given the pace of the story, but once you go through the first chapters you will start to understand the main character and his circumstance.
The story is Dantesque from start to finish, with the main character following a path that brings him from one hell to another, each providing him knowledge to survive the next one, until in a final realization he is in the last ring, where the a reality worthy of Kafka sets the final confrontation.
I liked the book. It is well written and the characters are well developed.