Lisa Says… Read This Book by Adam Johnson

By Lisa Hamilton

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
The Orphan Master's Son
by Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson, is a remarkable and timely novel about a man living an unbelievable life in North Korea. This literary thriller, so to speak, is about the hidden world of North Korea with all its misery, violence and impossible circumstances.

Pak Jun Do (John Doe) believes he is the son of the master of the orphanage who runs a work camp. His mother is a famous singer “stolen” to Pyongyang. He considers himself a “humble citizen of the greatest nation on earth,” and becomes a professional kidnapper. As he is driven to extremes more horrific than any one individual should endure, Johnson takes us into a place and life that is unforgettable. From prisons to fishing villages and into the lives of high ranking officials, this addictive story eats into our hearts with power and fear.

Stated one of the best books of 2012, it gives us a glimpse into a current place of crisis even if it is only through our imagination.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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