“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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Clavell does a superb job describing everything, although it’s awful. View a FREE sample. Will he take away anything positive from the experience? The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga.

One fed off the other, and when the environment is upended, the symbiotic relationship utterly falls apart. The dynamic microcosm James Clavell created within the walls of his prison keeps evolving with the development of WWII. A few nights later Shagata — the guard that the King and Cheng San agreed on as a go-between — tells the King that Cheng San has been arrested. But also an extraordinary courage, solidarity and commitment.

How will he adjust when the war ends? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read this novel. A group of officers who stole money from their underlings are later seen greedily enjoying a meal of “Rusa tikus” not knowing they are actually eating rat meat.

It is based in part on the author’s own experiences while being held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese during World War II.

There are moments of excitement and drama, but mostly it is a testament to the strength and adaptability of the iing spirit. The creation of Changi Prison Museum”.


King Rat : The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga

And I had to wonder, who would I be in Changi ? Read more from the Study Guide. Jun 19, Evolots rated it liked coavell Recommended to Evolots by: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

His control creates a story that is never too hopeless to lose its deeper meaning, and that embraces its characters as real people, rather than tools for social messages.

Regardless, please read at least one James Clavell book in your lifetime. This doesn’t follow the book precisely, ratt was still a great movie.

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

He’s unable to not be outsmarted, and I have an affinity for underdogs anyway. He had no agony. The start was quite slow, and the side stories, while pertinent, felt a bit out of place. In the same way he asks how we would survive, what are the options we would choose, Clavell also asks as to the kind of person we are. View all 17 comments. Until the day his will to be King deserted him. The sea welcomed her and made her sleep easy, and then, in the course of time, devoured the clothes and body and the time oing her.

The King and Marlowe are able to get away, but quickly find that most of the camp seems to know about the deal and that there are squads of MPs and gangs of hijackers — some of whom are working for Timsen — clavelll them, trying to steal the money.

King Rat Summary & Study Guide

If you build your whole personality and worth using other people, what happens when those people turn their backs on you? This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat This sort of overcrowding was apparently typical.


Everyone, over the course of their years in the POW camp developed into their clafell, some more mentally fragile others more assertive, but all based on their fundamental need to survive and how they each choose to achieve survival. It’s the complete flip side to the jaunty and fun “The Great Escape” the screenplay of which, oddly enough, was penned by Clavell. He controls his memories admirably in the novel, to create a very moving, but never selfishly irrational narrative. Description Set in Changi, the most notorious prisoner of war camp in Asia, King Rat is an heroic story of survival told by a master story-teller who lived through those years as a young soldier.

Clavell was a prisoner in the Changi POW camp that this book centers around. He takes you on a journey into clavrll POW camp where you find yourself wasting away from lack of food, and willing to do almost anything to stay alive.

The Best Books of lcavell It stood on a slight rise and around it was a belt of green, and farther off the green gave way to the blue-green seas and the seas to infinity of horizon. May 07, Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing Shelves: James Clavell himself was from a British military family clwvell was imprisoned in Changi. Fat a book packed full of grey nuance. His mother wrote all those letters not knowing if he was alive or not.