The Surrendered

The Surrendered

eBook - 2010
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Thirty years after vying for the attentions of a beautiful but damaged missionary wife at an orphanage, Korean orphan June Han and former GI Hector Brennan are reunited by a plot that forces them to come to terms with mysterious secrets from their past.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781101185988
1101185988
9781101181171
1101181176
Characteristics: 469 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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stewstealth
Jul 04, 2013

DCBrunelle pretty much nails it, The only addition is who cares about any of the characters?

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

A book about the Korean War and its legacy, told through the story of three characters. Too long and American in its sensibility.

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anivison
Apr 18, 2012

This was intense. First chapter grabs and pulls you in. I picked this up at 11 pm, ready to fall asleep - this brought me awake fast.

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dcbrunelle
Dec 18, 2010

I wanted to like this book but did not. For the first 100 pages it seemed it might be worth the effort but I was mistaken.

The cover is designed such that the author's last name is three times the size of the title. This proved to be an early warning sign. Much to my regret, I chose to ignore it. Overall I thought the novel promised a fair amount more than it delivered.

Nearly every major character in this story turns out to be one of two types: the Noble Derelict or the Wounded Narcissist. This grows old about as quickly as it becomes unpleasant. They are thrown together in various combinations in an attempt to propel a plot about which I also did not ultimately care. Add to this writing which I found self-consciously styled - more awkward than erudite - and one is left with the easy decision to move on to other writers.

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