Our Twisted Hero by Yi Munyol

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When the twelve-year-old narrator of Our Twisted Hero moves to a small town and enrolls in the local school, he's confident that his big city sophistication will establish him as a natural leader. He is shocked to find his new classmates and teacher under the spell of the class monitor. As the narrator sets out to overthrow the bully, he is threatened, teased--and finally broken.

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Published February 28, 2001 by Hyperion. 128 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story's narrated 30 years after its protagonist Han Pyongt'ae's experiences in a rural elementary school "ruled" by Om Sokdae, a haughty class monitor—a charismatic, confident boy whose power over his supposed peers gradually assumes subtly understated allegorical (political) dimensions, and ...

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Although Sokdae strong-arms his friends into bullying Han, the two of them rarely engage in direct confrontation, infusing the book's crucial relationship with a thought-provoking mixture of contempt and respect.

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The boys immediately butt heads, and Pyongt'ae makes attempts to thwart Sokdae's power, to topple his regime.

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