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I can’t recommend a reread. Wikipedia – King Rat novel http: It’s a rather sad justice that all of his cagey and morally ambiguous gains become utterly worthless once Jamee and Nagasaki got trounced and Japan surrendered.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The author was clearly aware of the bad taste left behind when character and morality are tested by suffering, death and uncertainty.

As a tribute to Clavell’s adopted homeland USAPeter Marlowe transfers his gratitude from the King, the individual, to the country whose values shaped the King, America. It’s not for the faint of heart but very well done and worth your time.

Until the day his will to be King hames him. This was read by Dave Case.

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And the glimpses into his personal life through flashbacks made him more sympathetic. I was fascinated by the idea of a semi-autobiographical story in this setting as I was convinced that the story would feel more authentic. A film adaptation was released inthe first of several of Clavell’s novels to be so adapted. At the end the rats are abandoned in their cages when the camp is liberated. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here We watch as people cling to honor, duty and any semblance of structure for their own mental health and survival.


Get to Know Us. His weapons are human courage, unblinking understanding of human weaknesses, and total willingness to exploit every opportunity to enlarge his power The time is World War II.

He doesn’t try and draw any moral, and there are no obvious symbolic associations, but at the end I It’s jamfs cool to praise James Clavell – and indeed, Shogun is extremely silly.

A few nights later Shagata — the guard that the King and Cheng San agreed on as a go-between — tells the King that Cheng San has been arrested.

He has had a rough life and after the war will probably be sent to military prison for his activities in the camp. The search for the radio that an informer has told Yoshima is in camp intensifies and Marlowe knows it is only a matter of time before they are caught but rzt, Mac, and Larkin continue to listen to the news from Calcutta jamew night, and make sure that it spreads through the camp. Dr Brown A bit late my answer 3 years! The King is last seen in the novel as an object of contempt by his fellow prisoners and the rescuing forces.

And that is something that will be on my mind today. Email required Address never made public. Return to Book Page. His control creates a story that is never too hopeless to lose its deeper meaning, and that embraces its characters as real people, rather than tools for social messages.


Clavell does a superb job describing everything, although it’s awful. This is prominent throughout the novel, and becomes more complex as morality is thrown into the mix and Clavell begins to ask if the sacrifice of morality is really worth it in order to survive.

Other books in this series. As they wait, Mac hears that the Americans have dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. His mother had written to him weekly. He is called the King and the other men are for forced to do his bidding such as light his cigarettes and tolerate his cooking of rare delicacies such as fried eggs while they starve, hoping for his table scraps in exchange for deals with labor, watches, lighters, and rings.

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As a rar, it’s easy to fall into these familiar rhythms and, despite it being the daily norm for the prisoners, be genuinely shocked when they don’t have food or clothes or medicine. Changi was the inhuman Japanese camp for the Changi was set like a pearl on the eastern tip of Singapore Island, iridescent under the bowl of tropical skies.