Our twisted hero
When the twelve-year-old narrator of Our Twisted Hero moves from Seoul to a small provincial town and enrolls in the local school, he's confident that his big-city sophistication will establish him as a natural leader. But he immediately falls victim to a charismatic and corrupt class monitor, who uses fear and violence to keep the other students under his mysterious spell and to assure his own supremacy in the school's social hierarchy. The teacher, grateful to have such a well-behaved class, turns a blind eye to the monitor's abuse of power. As the narrator attempts first to seek justice and then to inspire his fellow students to revolt, he finds himself in a fierce battle not just for his rights, but for his soul. Soon he has set in motion an unexpected and unstoppable chain of events.
This riveting allegory, in the tradition of Lord of the Flies, starts as a simple power play within a children's classroom, but turns into a chilling tale about the lust for power and desperate need for acceptance that reside within us all.
Our Twisted Hero is Yi Munyol's first book ever to be published in North America. With its classically unadorned style and disturbing insights, it will astound readers unfamiliar with this extraordinary writer of world standing.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Disco_grinch - LibraryThing
This story is about a young boy who used to live in Seoul. He did well in school and was accustom to the "rules" of school life in the big city. When his father has to transfer to a new location for ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KromesTomes - LibraryThing
Despite some obvious translation glitches, this was a very interesting look at personal responsibility, fate and the place of force in one's life. Read full review