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Changi was set like a pearl on the eastern tip of Singapore Island, iridescent under the bowl of tropical skies. He had a lot to live up to since 3 others in this series were read by John Lee who absolutely wowed me. Gai-Jin Asian Saga Paperback. names

His life at Changi is probably the flavell successful period of his existence. The story will be most interesting to those who enjoy military, historical, and cultural topics. Wikipedia – King Rat novel http: I’ve read Shogun and Taipan, and thoug This book was apparently written by Clavell in six weeks during a screenwriters strike in Dec 20, Kelly This book provokes thought about all of these things and now I wish I could find a biography of the author with more insight.

People survive longer because of him if they have something to trade.

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As they are talking Lt. And yet, the book is mostly comedic — filled with the hopefu In King RatJames Clavell succeeds in doing what countless other authors usually fail at: In a strange way, I’m going to miss reading about bedbugs, heat, rice, fried eggs, rats, cockroaches, fences, boreholes, sweat, cards, Sarongs, diamonds, Kooa cigarettes, wireless radios, and of course, friendship. The King passes a young British officer who is speaking to one of the guards in perfect Malay.


He’s too much jamse not to read. A group of officers who stole money from their underlings are later seen greedily enjoying a kinb of “Rusa tikus” not knowing they are actually eating rat meat.

The next morning Marlowe goes to see his friend Mac who is recovering from Malaria in the hospital and finds out from him what part of their radio is broken.

Though set in particular time and place it’s a fictional account but I think Clavell did fine jakes here not only showing animosities between ordinary soldiers and officers, confrontation between the King and other prisoners, especially rivetingly is shown conflict with provost marshall Grey, but also indicating different attitudes and class differences of three main national groups of prisoners: I recommended jamed novel to my teen son and then re-read it myself.

And the glimpses into his personal life through flashbacks made him more sympathetic. When I read the last few pages, as the POW were being taken away, each of them nursing their uames private fears about returning to a home they didn’t know anymore and probably ling know them, I was deeply moved and those last pages were what makes this book great and not just good.

Mar 26, Judy rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Or Sean, the beautiful actor who entertained the men at the expense of his own sanity? Noble House Asian Saga.

The King is last seen in the novel as an object of contempt by his fellow prisoners and the rescuing forces. Be sure to read the books in order for the most enjoyment; they’re connected although quite distant in time from one another, and by reading them in order, the history of the current book you’re reading will be deeper and your comprehension of what is going on, and why, will be much better: Dispatched from the UK in 5 business days When will my order arrive?

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It’s a book packed full of grey nuance. Jammes this book is different.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. That would be masochistic unless you let at least a couple of decades pass. Open Preview See a Problem? The men are courageous, brave, and have the greatest survival instincts. This book was apparently written by Clavell in six weeks during a screenwriters strike in The Best Books of View all 8 comments. Set in in Changi prison towards the end of the war, a story of men imprisoned on poor rations for months and years, and the growing relationship between a young British RAF officer and an American corporal, King.

His mother wrote all those letters not knowing if he was alive or not. I’m not sure how much is fact or fiction, but think there’s enough fact to put it on my ‘sort-of-nonfiction’ shelf.

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The dirt, the starving, the dysentery, etc. Changi was the inhuman Japanese camp for the war prisoners, for people whom the only sin was that they lost their war and didn’t die.

It’s a fantastic character study written in such a flat, Hemingwayesque prose that it cracked me up for being so alike sometimes. Settings Themes and Motifs Styles.