King Rat [James Clavell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 1 SOFTCOVER BOOK (pocket size). King Rat has ratings and reviews. Agnieszka said: Changi was set like a pearl on the eastern tip of Singapore Island, iridescent under the b. Sep 12, KING RAT was my first Clavell novel and it was a fantastic It’s the main philosophical quandary James Clavell is playing with, through the.

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Grey — who comes off as an evil character — has the single role of providing the opposite voice and of overseeing that the law is carried out — a policeman or judge in a sense. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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The characters became rar likable and the pace picked up a lot. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Clavell, a 6′ tall man, weighed 98 lbs when released from Changi, likely a bit more than half what he should have weighed. There is the occasional card game and the occasional theatre production and a far better mood in the camp than what I had originally envisioned. Noble House Asian Saga.

Regardless, it was a small thing that never detracted from how his story carried me along. And this praise is perhaps the most damnable understatement the book can receive — Clavell isn’t writing about “experiences,” he is writing about the cauldron from which he was “reborn” — his time in Changi, a Japanese POW camp in Malaysia rt WWII. For those who survived those camps, they were never the same, and in this book Clavell shared a little piece of Changi with us.

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Anyway, so glad we could once again kking together on a book-film combo, especially a title we could attach to Memorial Day. I recommended this novel to my teen son and then re-read it myself. There are moments of excitement and drama, but mostly it is a testament to the strength and adaptability of the human spirit.

Timsen arrives a few hours later with antitoxin and administers the first injection to Marlowe himself, then says that he will need an injection every six hours for the next two days.


Paperbackpages. Write a customer review. Clavell doing what he does best; making history come to life with very interesting and entertaining fiction. Later that night Marlowe serves as an interpreter as the King sells a watch for another prisoner to a Korean guard.

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 names mechanisms.

Two days later the King goes back to the village alone, delivers the diamond, clavvell is paid more money than he has ever had before.

Journal of the Australian War Memorial I highly recommend reading this book ONCE in any format. Clavell is better known for his later Shogun and other Japanese history novels, but this earlier novel about the lives of Americans and British POWs in a Japanese prisoner of war camp is a classic. Notify me of new comments via email.

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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. History readers, WW2 readers, literary readers, culture clash readers. He’s still a pompous asshat with a hugeass chip on his shoulder, but in the book version I saw him more as an officer from the lower classes who is trying to be more correct than the officers of privilege and title above him.

So many do not survive. Also, though, I speculate that many soldiers who were gay but unable to be open about it could explore it here.

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Yoshima places the man caught with the clqvell under arrest and later sends him to Utram Road Jail, a place rumored to be much worse than Changi. It reads well, connects well to the other volumes, and is a massive read compared to most works of fiction. As a reader, 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. At least I already know they clxvell not set in a prison camp.

Retrieved 26 Cpavell The original prison was built to hold prisoners, but the Japanese used it to hold civilians during WWII. The Love Story from Whirlwind Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. View a FREE sample. The men are on edge all the time but have nothing to do. How will he adjust when the war ends?


Yes, the King is the embodiment of Capitalism and the “survival of the fittest” theory, but he’s also really likable at times and you have to read the whole novel to get the allegory his kig is meant to be. At one point he devises a successful scheme rt breed rats and to sell their meat to the officers as that of the small mammal called a mouse-deer or Rusa tikus which is considered a delicacy. It’s weird, I don’t know how Clavell did it, because his language isn’t extraordinary at all, and his characterization isn’t the best out there, and his women always fall short, and his dialogue is sometimes off, but there’s something about his writing and what chooses to say and not say that completely resounds with me.

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. As they are talking Lt. I loathed Grey in the movie Tom Courtenaybut I warmed up to him more in the book. Or how someone who hadn’t been subjected to those pressures would view me.

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Works by James Clavell. Marlowe soon understands that the King is not the thief and con artist that Grey would have him believe. 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. Just before he and the King are to meet with Shagata, Marlowe sees the doctor again and is told that the arm has turned gangrenous and will have to come off soon.

James Clavell is a teller of stories. I found the deep irony of that to be a fantastic way to introduce a novel of war.