Thursday, January 31, 2013

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

Introducing books through the first paragraph or so...

Jun Do's mother was a singer. That was all Jun Do's father, the Orphan Master, would say about her. The Orphan Master kept a photograph of a woman in his small room at Long Tomorrows. She was quite lovely-- eyes large and sideways looking, lips pursed with an unspoken word. Since beautiful women in the provinces get shipped to Pyongyang, that's certainly what had happened to his mother. The real proof of this was the Orphan Master himself. At night, he'd drink, and from the barracks, the orphan would hear him weeping and lamenting, striking half-heard bargains with the woman in the photograph. Only Jun Do was allowed to comfort him, to finally take the bottle from his hands.

1 comment:

Fishing The Deschutes River said...

I felt it gave some idea of what life could be like in North Korea. It was very thought provoking. Took great twists and turns and was very suspenseful. Well written.