“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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Looking for a book – Not King Rat. This made the book very interesting but had a double purpose as it also begins to provide alternate perspective on our society and the role clavlel each play in it.

Review of James Clavell’s King Rat

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. And I had to wonder, who would I be in Changi ? King Rat has the least culture clash of Clavell’s series, as most of the interactions are between the Westerners themselves and the major emotional crux is the captivity. 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.

While chronicling the harsh and brutal conditions in Changi — where the POWs are fed only the bare minimum needed to keep them alive and men die every day of diseases and conditions that would be simple to treat in the outside world — the novel also tells the story of the unique friendship that grows between a British RAF Lieutenant named Peter Marlowe and an American corporal called the King.

The Best Books of Recommended not only to those who want a great war story, but also those interested in Japanese and Western culture clashes.

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The extra material are chapters covering the story of some of the women whose men are in the prison camp. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Grey, who has heard from his informer about the deal, shows up. Walk Like a Dragon film, rzt A short time later there is a surprise search of all the huts, and Marlowe returns the hut he shares with other British officers after promising the King that he will come back later that night.

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Oct 29, Paul rated it it was amazing. I recall a couple of Japanese people cringing when I once was foolish enough to mention it I believe they showed the series on Japanese TV. He had no agony. Marlowe’s languages, intelligence, honesty, and winning personality cause the King to befriend him and attempt to involve him in black market deals, which bring Marlowe to the attention of Robin Grey, a British officer and Provost Marshal of the camp, who has developed a Javert -like obsession with the King and hopes to arrest him for violating camp regulations.

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The King works hard in getting the deal, forging unholy alliances with villagers, Japanese and Korean guards as well as the allied prisoners. Even in its touching or lighter moments one can’t escape the underlying tension and fear carried by everyone in the camp.

The title character is an American with a true gift for survival in the underground economy of the camp, and the book raises many questions about what the most ethical road is to take in an impossible moral situation.

Feb 28, Harv Griffin rated it it was amazing Shelves: You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Clothes have rotted away and sarongs and rags are all that’s available so rank is made known only by arm bands and a slight difference in li The story takes place in an enclosed small wartime POW camp with imprisoned English, Australians, and some Americans. As they are talking Lt. Was googling Japanese POW camps to find more info after reading this amazing story.

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 story is meant to be.

Review Text “A magnificent novel. His comrades, though nearly starving themselves, are repulsed at the idea of eating rat meat, so the King comes up with the brilliant plan of only selling the meat to officers without telling them the true source.


Of rats and men. Their personality are violently clashing because Grey is still clinging to an order that doesn’t exist anymore within the walls of Changi.

How will he adjust when the war ends? It teaches you that to outlast the camp, like on the outside in fact, you need to be a part at least a small group, that the camp is not a place for a lone wolf.

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Clavlel Rat is a clash of personalities, a display of cynicism, lack of scruples and ability to adjust to any situation in the camp. Wikipedia – King Rat film http: The place is a brutal prison camp deep in Japanese-occupied territory.

I hadn’t remembered much except for the King and the rat farm. You never know how you’ll behave once they strip you of everything and throw you into a cage.

King Rat Summary & Study Guide

This audio edition has extra material from the original manuscript cavell never been published before including an introduction written by Rag son.

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. Dec 20, Kelly I was moved by them and I wasn’t expecting that. The dynamic microcosm James Clavell created within the walls of his prison keeps evolving with the development of WWII.

A short time later Captain Yoshima arrives at the bungalow with a squad of guards while Mac, Larkin, and Marlowe are listening to the news from Calcutta and places them under arrest, but leaves the men — and the radio — there with only a single guard after another guard arrives and whispers something in his ear.

He asks Marlowe if he wants to go with him the next time he goes, and Marlowe says yes. View the Lesson Plans. Factions and alliances form, secret economies are maintained, debts and favors are scrupulously guarded.

I’m aware it’s a first novel and that James Clavell probably evolved afterwards, but holy shit. Get King Rat from Amazon.