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15th May '15 1:54:36 PM MarkLungo
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15th May '15 1:54:20 PM MarkLungo
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15th May '15 1:54:11 PM MarkLungo
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''The Orphan Master's Son'' is a PulitzerPrize-winning 2012 novel by Adam Johnson, set in UsefulNotes/NorthKorea.

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''The Orphan Master's Son'' is a PulitzerPrize-winning UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning 2012 novel by Adam Johnson, set in UsefulNotes/NorthKorea.



** Given the fact that his chest set off a Geiger counter after he was imprisoned in a uranium mine, his days might have been numbered anyway.

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** Given the fact that his chest set off a Geiger counter after he was imprisoned in a uranium mine, his days might have been numbered anyway.anyway.
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13th Oct '13 1:43:24 PM gallium
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* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: The date is vague, but it's several years after the famine of 1996 but before the death of Kim Jong Il in December 2011.
13th Oct '13 1:33:52 PM gallium
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* FateWorseThanDeath: The mines. Maybe the worst is a coal mine that doesn't even have any guards besides the ones at the gate, and nothing inside but the mine, where they chuck you in and give you food if you push ore through the gate.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: FateWorseThanDeath:
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The mines. prison camps. Maybe the worst is a coal mine that doesn't even have any guards besides the ones at the gate, and nothing inside but the mine, where they chuck you in and give you food if you push ore through the gate.gate.
** The torturer's electronic device ("the autopilot") turns you into an EmptyShell, with your whole personality wiped out. The torturer doesn't see it that way, though; he actually regards his methods as more humane than the Pubyok torture group and their beatings.



* GloriousLeader: The Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il. TruthInTelevision.



** Jun Do really does this, deliberately staying behind to make sure that Sun Moon and her children get safely on the plane.

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** Jun Do really does this, deliberately staying behind to make sure that Sun Moon and her children get safely on the plane.



* ReleasedToElsewhere: Retirees are described as having retired to Wonsan, believed to be the site of a vibrant retirement community at the seaside. When Jun Do's ship sails past Wonsan, he sees no such thing; the beaches at Wonsan are empty and deserted and there is no town. More than one character is troubled by the lack of any word from old friends and relatives who supposedly are living comfortably at Wonsan. The old guys in the Pubyok torture unit are deeply disturbed when Jun Do reveals that one of their old colleagues is actually imprisoned in the uranium mine instead of retired to Wonsan as they had been led to believe.
* RoboticTortureDevice: The autopilot, used by the biographer's team. It appears to use ElectricTorture.

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* ReleasedToElsewhere: Retirees are described as having retired to Wonsan, believed to be the site of a vibrant retirement community at the seaside. When Jun Do's ship sails past Wonsan, he sees no such thing; the beaches at Wonsan are empty and deserted and there is no town. More than one character is troubled by the lack of any word from old friends and relatives who supposedly are living comfortably at Wonsan. The old guys in the Pubyok torture unit are deeply disturbed when Jun Do reveals that one of their old colleagues is actually imprisoned in the uranium mine mine, instead of retired to Wonsan as they had been led to believe.
* RoboticTortureDevice: The autopilot, used by the biographer's team. It appears to use It's used for ElectricTorture.
13th Oct '13 8:37:20 AM gallium
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* TheUnreveal: The fate of Jun Do's mother, although this is North Korea, so it was probably bad. His father's fate is also a mystery, although given the circumstances--the orphanage closing as North Korea's infrastructure collapses during the 1996 flooding and famine--Jun Do is almost certainly correct in presuming his father dead.

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* TheUnreveal: TheUnreveal:
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The fate of Jun Do's mother, although this is North Korea, so it was probably bad. His father's fate is also a mystery, although given the circumstances--the orphanage closing as North Korea's infrastructure collapses during the 1996 flooding and famine--Jun Do is almost certainly correct in presuming his father dead.dead.
** What happened to the Second Mate after he stole the life raft and tried to defect. The Pubyok torturer said that they caught him, but continues to pummel Jun Do while interrogating him about the incident and at the end seems to think Jun Do might be telling the truth. Jun Do later tries to find out what happened to the Second Mate but fails.
13th Oct '13 7:52:22 AM gallium
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* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: Many characters, including Jun Do (who among other things gets some experience kidnapping foreign nationals for Kim Jong Il) and the government torturer, and even Sun Moon, who works in the state-run film industry.
13th Oct '13 7:00:42 AM gallium
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* ReleasedToElsewhere: As with DeadlyEuphemism, Wonsan [[spoiler: does not exist: the retirees are sent to labor camps]].
13th Oct '13 6:59:41 AM gallium
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* ReleasedToElsewhere: Retirees are described as having retired to Wonsan, believed to be the site of a vibrant retirement community at the seaside. When Jun Do's ship sails past Wonsan, he sees no such thing. More than one character is troubled by the lack of any word from old friends and relatives who supposedly are living comfortably at Wonsan. The old guys in the Pubyok torture unit are deeply disturbed when Jun Do reveals that one of their old colleagues is actually imprisoned in the uranium mine instead of retired to Wonsan as they had been led to believe.

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* ReleasedToElsewhere: Retirees are described as having retired to Wonsan, believed to be the site of a vibrant retirement community at the seaside. When Jun Do's ship sails past Wonsan, he sees no such thing.thing; the beaches at Wonsan are empty and deserted and there is no town. More than one character is troubled by the lack of any word from old friends and relatives who supposedly are living comfortably at Wonsan. The old guys in the Pubyok torture unit are deeply disturbed when Jun Do reveals that one of their old colleagues is actually imprisoned in the uranium mine instead of retired to Wonsan as they had been led to believe.
13th Oct '13 6:57:03 AM gallium
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* ReassignedToElsewhere: Retirees are described as having retired to Wonsan, believed to be the site of a vibrant retirement community at the seaside. When Jun Do's ship sails past Wonsan, he sees no such thing. More than one character is troubled by the lack of any word from old friends and relatives who supposedly are living comfortably at Wonsan. The old guys in the Pubyok torture unit are deeply disturbed when Jun Do reveals that one of their old colleagues is actually imprisoned in the uranium mine instead of retired to Wonsan as they had been led to believe.

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* ReassignedToElsewhere: ReleasedToElsewhere: Retirees are described as having retired to Wonsan, believed to be the site of a vibrant retirement community at the seaside. When Jun Do's ship sails past Wonsan, he sees no such thing. More than one character is troubled by the lack of any word from old friends and relatives who supposedly are living comfortably at Wonsan. The old guys in the Pubyok torture unit are deeply disturbed when Jun Do reveals that one of their old colleagues is actually imprisoned in the uranium mine instead of retired to Wonsan as they had been led to believe.
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