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Marcel Theroux

Author of Far North

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Works by Marcel Theroux

Far North (2009) 620 copies
Strange Bodies: A Novel (2013) 261 copies
The Paperchase (2001) 193 copies
A Stranger in the Earth (1999) 58 copies
The Secret Books (2017) 38 copies
A Blow to the Heart (2006) 13 copies
The Sorcerer of Pyongyang (2022) 8 copies
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The Best American Travel Writing 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 236 copies
Captain of the Steppe (1994) — Introduction, some editions — 55 copies

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I honestly thought the detached, point-by-point narration and somewhat implausible/coincidence-heavy plot were just Theroux having a bad day at the office until that last chapter.

Pretty remarkable stuff, although one Damascene moment doesn't change my lack of engagement with the preceding 200-odd pages.

First novel I've read with pandemic scenes.
 
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yarb | 4 other reviews | Aug 2, 2023 |
I think this is an excellent book, if you're looking for something hard hitting and haven't read much from various escapees from North Korea this is for you. It doesn't go into any uncharted territory but it doesn't need to, using the game of DnD to highlight how insane real life is for those in North Korea. I appreciated that it didn't feel the need to push a moral agenda or go over the top as some WW2 stories feel the need. It did lack brilliance, sometimes the characters felt a little too dry, but it achieved all it set out to do and I was not bored at any point. It is, in every way, a decent book.… (more)
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Nicole1332 | 4 other reviews | Jan 15, 2023 |
Enjoyed the book and learning a bit about Dungeons and Dragons. Also interesting and sad reading about prison life in North Korea. I did get a sense of what it would have been like growing up there.
Nice how the things Jun-su learned in D&D helped him in real life.
 
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avdesertgirl | 4 other reviews | Nov 21, 2022 |

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