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An interesting, but disturbing, book I recently reviewed

Monday, November 07, 2011

Brilliantly Written
I didn’t know much about North Korea and I’m not sure I want to know any more now. The Orphan Master’s Son is so brilliantly written, I found myself immediately involved in the lives of the of the characters. I’m glad I read it but wish I hadn’t felt so personally involved – no objectivity here. The writing captured me completely and I could read just so much at a time. I am conflicted. I have to say it is a wonderful/awful book and I’ll never in the future hear the words “North Korea” without a personal connection and a deep sadness. I have been so unaware of so much of the world's suffering. To become aware makes me very, very grateful for all the blessings that are ours.

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    Hi and thank you for all your comments.. .I've had one nasty cold (first in years!) for the past week but am getting back to speed. There are so many things I want to write about! RubyClaire - I love that phrase "wash my brain" Did you use it before or did I see it elsewhere. Wish I had thought it up!
    Have a good week - Meri
    2682 days ago
    2682 days ago
    Interesting that it was "wonderful/awful. I have found that I have to be careful what I read and watch on TV, especially right before I go to bed. Bad dreams are bound to come out for me if I "wash my brain" with the wrong thing. It is my hope that the author of that book has another one written as well but not disturbing.

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    2686 days ago
    Gosh it sounds to me like it was a fantastically written book. I too wouldn't want to know anything about North Korea. I've seen plenty of commercials advocating South Korea. Too close to North Korea for comfort for me.

    Thanks for the review.
    2687 days ago
    Doesn't quite sound like something up my alley but I am happy you were inspired to read it and appreciate it as well.

    Nice to hear from you and hope you are doing well these days.
    2688 days ago
    Sorry - I wasn't very informative was I?
    Here is the info

    The Orphan Master's Son : A Novel
    by Adam Johnson
    Random House: 10 Jan 2012

    An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master's Son follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.

    2688 days ago
    Is the book fiction, then? I'll keep an eye out for it - do you know the author's name?
    2688 days ago
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