Study Guide

The Orphan Master's Son Characters

Pak Jun Do/Imposter Commander Ga

If there's one thing Jun Do doesn't want to be, it's an orphan. The trouble is—he's an...

Sun Moon

Sun Moon? Adam Johnson could not have found a more elevated name for his stunner of an actress....

The Interrogator

The Interrogator begins his narrative in a chillingly clinical manner, describing the torture...

Kim Jong Il (The Dear Leader)

There's no doubt that Adam Johnson was having a grand old time when he created the character of...

Comrade Buc

Comrade Buc is the opposite of Jun Do: he's got family (and lots of it), he comes from a long...

Commander Ga

The real Commander Ga—the guy who wins the Golden Belt for his prowess in taekwondo, the...

The Captain

Okay, we know what you're thinking: every character in this novel has a tragic backstory. You...

Li Mongnan

Mongnan is an old woman working the least desirable job on earth: she takes photographs of...

Q-Kee

It doesn't escape us that Q-Kee's cutesy, wickedly unprofessional name is a near phonetic match...

Sarge

As head of the Pubyok, Division 42's old-school, hardcore torture squad, Sarge's job is to break...

Dr. Song

We're not 100% sure what Dr. Song is a doctor of, but he's certainly got the propaganda patter...

The American Rower (a.k.a. Allison Jensen)

Much like the Nikes that wash up near the Junma, Allison Jensen becomes symbolic of all that is...

Gil

Although Gil appears only briefly at the beginning of the narrative, he's a crucial part of Jun...

The Second Mate

In Jun Do's quest to assemble a family, he inadvertently picks up the Second Mate, who comes to...

The Second Mate's Wife

The Second Mate's wife, like so many other characters, has very little to identify her—she...

Wanda

Wanda peeks into the narrative only twice, but her presence really stirs things up for Jun Do....

The Senator

The Senator, like several other characters in the novel, doesn't get a name. He doesn't really...