What is the orphan master’s son about?

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, New York Times bestselling novel of North Korea: an epic journey into the heart of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship. Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans.

How does the Orphan Master’s Son end?

In the end of the novel, the narrator kills his parents by feeding them a can of peaches infected with botulism. In this way, he does not have to worry about them being sent to a work prison in their old age. He also hooks himself and Ga up to a machine called the autopilot that clears a person’s mind of their memory.

How does being the orphan master affect how he treats Jun Do?

We learn that the Orphan Master does more and worse to Jun Do, including starving him along with the other boys in the orphanage. Jun Do’s quest to create a family at any cost is more than just an emotional safeguard: if he’s an orphan, he’s the most expendable member of his society.

What year does the Orphan Master’s Son take place?

When the novel begins, during the North Korean famine of the 1990s, Jun Do refuses to believe, despite all evidence to the contrary, that he is an orphan. He prefers to see himself as the unwanted offspring of his cruel taskmaster and a beautiful wife stolen by Pyongyang authorities.

What does GA find hidden in his home with Sun Moon?

“Ga” makes discoveries around Sun Moon’s house: a hidden laptop, cigarettes, and so on. He and Sun Moon watch Casablanca, a movie he brought back from America. Sun Moon realizes that she, like Ingrid Bergman’s character in the movie, must leave the country.

Is The Orphan Master’s Son historical fiction?

Hardcover edition
AuthorAdam Johnson
PublisherRandom House
Publication date2012


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