I will admit, dear Capradio Readers, that this book is giving me a spot of trouble. Not that I am not enjoying it. Far from that. It is that I am finding I must read every single word, and concentrate on them all, to get the full measure of Adam Johnson's writing. I was prepared for some of the terrible conditions under which his characters live and work. I was NOT prepared to feel so much for those characters, both positive and negative, and sometimes both for the same character. I believe I am falling for a little bit of the very propaganda I was so sure I would be immune to.
I am also sometimes bothered, sometimes revelling in, the multiple voices in this book. I realize there are times when I, as the reader, have been tricked. Which story am I supposed to believe? Will I know, when the book is over, who is the bad guy? Is it all just a misunderstanding? As I get further along in the book, the characters actually seem less real to me, but I wonder if that is just another of the author's tricks.
However this turns out, reading Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son, has been an experience. I am more than usually interested in what you will say about it when we meet on Tuesday, June 10 in The Community Room. Have your opinions ready!