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That would be masochistic unless you let at least a couple of decades pass. However, the entire saga of the King and the diamond was a lot of build up for a lot of nothing in the end, wasn’t it? This is where the book sings, in my opinion. kung

It alternates between worship and parody. Oct 15, Jen from Quebec: At one time or another I’ve read most or all of James Clavell’s novels.

There’s a silent beast lying under his words and I felt it there all the time.

King Rat Summary & Study Guide

During the past month Marlowe has been spending a lot of time with the King and thinks they have become friends. The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga. Published May 19th by Rah first published Set in in Changi prison towards the end of the war, a story of men imprisoned on poor rations for months and jamrs, and the growing relationship between a young British RAF officer and an American corporal, King.

Readers may be surprised by how entertaining such a dark story can be – authors don’t usually go the route Clavell travels. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Recommended not only to t My interest in Japanese culture was just blossoming when I came across this powerhouse of a book, which I have re-read since at least three times. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Who would you become if the rules of society suddenly crumble and you had the opportunity to form new ones? Wikipedia – King Rat novel jmes He had no agony. I had read some camp stories already but mostly European, and though my knowledge of the war on the Pacific is only basic this one felt very jmaes to me. Some rxt steal food out the mouths of their comrades, while others give away what they have or take terrible risks to help their friends. It’s the complete flip side to the jaunty and fun “The Great Escape” the screenplay of which, oddly enough, was penned by Clavell.


The King jamds based on Clavell’s experience as a prisoner of war. Ws are given nothing by the Japanese other than filthy huts to live in and the bare minimum of food.

King Rat : The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga

This is the most intimate of his books taking place entirely in one setting, and dealing with a fairly small cast of charactersand in many ways my favorite.

On his release he received the letters. Lists with This Ra. Jun 19, Evolots rated it liked it Recommended to Evolots by: This beautiful opening line is like a promise of fantastic adventure, exotic trip, it evokes some delightful place, a mystery island you always dreamt about but it is anything but it. Other books in this series.

Later that night Marlowe serves as an interpreter as the King sells a watch for another prisoner to a Korean guard. Chronological Order 6 books. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it clave,l, give it a second life.

Book Review : James Clavell – King Rat () — Dead End Follies

The King tells Marlowe that they will be going to the village the next night. That’s probably due in no small part to the fact that the movie “King Rat,” with George Segal and James Clsvell, is tremendously awesome and one of the best war or prison pictures I’ve ever seen.


Perhaps the most impressive piece of trivia about this book is that it is Clavell’s first novel of which he would write only 5 more, each a masterpiece in its own right. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Showing of reviews. But also an extraordinary courage, solidarity and commitment. Like a rat, an American corporal known as the King uses his wits to survive and adapt in the prison camp. James Clavell, who passed away inwas the author of many novels including Noble House, Shogun, and Whirlwind — all international bestsellers. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. He’s jealous and petty and mean, but I honestly couldn’t hate him.

Journal of the Australian War Memorial The Kindle version I received contained extra sections that were edited out of the original work, and frankly, I can see why.

King Rat (Asian Saga, #4) by James Clavell

Rather, the King asks for the kiing of each man and rewards him accordingly, irrespective of class or position. Grey is attempting to maintain military discipline among the prisoners and sees the King as the antithesis of his beliefs. Attempts are made to conduct educational classes which quickly fail. The dirt, the starving, the dysentery, etc. We watch as people cling to honor, duty and any semblance of structure for their own mental health vlavell survival.

They also try to have religious services regularly. During his incarceration, he neither sent nor received any.

In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Or Peter Marlowe, the one who dipped into what he considered immoral out of the will to live.