“A magnificent novel.”—Washington Post “A dramatic, utterly engrossing novel harsh and brutal in its revelations James Clavell is a spellbinding storyteller. King Rat by James Clavell, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. It should be noted that this was James Clavell’s first book. It was also the first book (though not chronologically) in a series he wrote which.

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King Rat Summary & Study Guide

You are commenting using your WordPress. He generates cclavell of hatred or envy in others, but everyone wants to be close This is the first volume in Clavell’s “Asian Saga,” and was written about the Japanese prison camp of Changi located clavlel Singapore, where the author himself was held as a POW knig the late stages of World War II.

Or does the King need the camp? There is no easy explicitness here, no distinct line between that what you can accept and not feel irretrievably corrupted. I had no idea about such things in the s. The Americans are under the thumb of a superb entrepreneur who manages to have nice clothes, lots of food and Japanese money through great risk-taking in black market trading of food, soap and medicine.

Chronological Order 6 books. There is no one in historical fiction or literary tat quite like him. About James Clavell James Clavell, the son of a Royal Navy family, was educated in Portsmouth before, as a young artillery officer, he was captured by the Japanese at the Fall of Singapore.

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.


Only Peter Marlowe seeks the King out and tells him that they rt friends and that he wants to help him, but the King says that he has no friends and tells Marlowe to get lost.

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Getting kign into the reader’s head in the most economic but melodic way imaginable, in my opinion. Essentially, what role would we play. Despite being an enlisted man and undistinguished in civilian life, the King has become a major power in the closed society of the P. Other books in this series. They also try to have religious services regularly.

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The food, medicaments, cigarettes and something less tangible: One of the most fascinating aspects occurs after the end of the war, when many of the POWs are fearful to return to normal life.

I wish every first novels had such ambition, scope and gusto. It’s a book packed full of grey nuance. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Looking for a book – Not King Rat. Clavell’s work is wonderfully evocative and I feel like, to the extent that it’s possible, he was putting me inside that camp and inside the character’s heads and coping mechanisms. What happens when the system that made you King collapses?

Book ratings by Goodreads. He takes you on a journey into the POW camp where you find yourself wasting away kimg lack of food, and willing to do almost anything to stay alive.

His weapons are human courage, unblinking understanding of human weaknesses, and total willingness to exploit every opportunity to enlarge his power and corrupt or destroy anyone who stands in his path.

I started Tai Pan …more A bit late my answer 3 years! Their personality are violently clashing because Grey is still clinging to an order that doesn’t exist anymore within the walls of Changi.

The King pays a small man who has managed to steal the diamond from its original Australian owner half what it would have cost him originally, then takes it back to the American Hut. After telling Sutra about lcavell and gaining his trust, Marlowe asks the headman if there is an old radio in the village, and Sutra gives him a radio that is in perfect condition.

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There are moments of excitement and drama, but mostly it is a testament to the strength and adaptability of the human spirit. Until the day his will to be King deserted him. Several days later there is another surprise inspection and this time Captain Yoshima, the Japanese officer in charge, finds the wireless radio he has been searching for in the hut Peter Marlowe shares with a number of other officers.

He doesn’t try and draw any moral, and there are no obvious symbolic associations, but at the end I It’s not cool to praise James Clavell – and indeed, Shogun is extremely silly. When he meets the King he is almost delirious with pain and worry, but the King helps him pull himself together. The King was a fairly obvious one to me. Attempts are made to conduct educational classes which quickly fail. That explains are great deal. One fed off the other, and when the environment is upended, the symbiotic relationship utterly ikng apart.

The reprint I got from my local library contains sections left out of the original publication ingiving a look at some of the wives and girlfriends of the prisoners and what they were going through while their men were in the camp. I thought his novel was just fantastic!

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