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The novels that can successfully juxtapose philosophical questioning and ” pulp ” overkill. The Peter Marlowe character is Clavell himself, caught between the British class system kinb in the military and the American prisoners’ informality.

Jun 19, Evolots rated it liked it Recommended to Evolots by: Oct 29, Paul rated it it was amazing. He controls his memories admirably in the novel, to create a very moving, but never selfishly irrational narrative. Get to Know Us. The story, about a friendship between an American soldier and a British officer in a Japanese POW camp, and the way the two men influence one another, is interesting enough on its own, but the book also gives insight in how the camp strips the occupants of their civilization and shows the lengths people go through to survive.

As this book is the shortest and deals with the most characters of our own cultures, it may be the easiest introduction to James Clavell, though some readers may prefer to jump right into the deeper culture clash of Shogun or Noble House.

The Asian Saga by James Clavell. The two main characters of the novel are the men representing totally different approach to life: Staying alive is difficult for all including the King, but he has way kign comforts than the others. 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.


King Rat takes us to Changi, a Japanese prison camp during World War 2, where British and American soldiers are held in dire conditions. He has had a rough life and after the war will probably be sent to military prison for his activities in the camp. This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat 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.

He had a lot to live up to since 3 others in this series were read by John Lee who absolutely wowed me. What can a person do to survive the worst? And I had to wonder, who would Dlavell be in Changi ?

King Rat : The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga

Marlowe tries to talk to the King for the next ajmes days but is unsuccessful. When I read the last few pages, as the POW were being taken away, each of them nursing their own private fears about returning to a home they didn’t know anymore and probably wouldn’t know them, I was deeply moved and those last pages were what makes this book great and not just good.

See all reviews. That corruption goes high up into untouchable territory, and there’s little he can do about it except become complicit and loathe himself and others for it. The survivors are left to deal with survival instincts that may not fit them for life in the “world”.


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There’s actually a lot of tolerance and genuine emotion in all of the characters. Want to Read saving…. Book ratings by Goodreads. When he wakes up it is dark, and he is just strong enough to go through the wire and get the money he buried, which he takes to the King. Also, it almost convinced me that James Clavell had a shrine to Ernest Hemingway inside his living room.

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The creation of Changi Prison Museum”. Just very eye opening to the deplorable conditions that prisoners lived in in that era. And the glimpses into his personal life through flashbacks made him more sympathetic.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Disgust, sympathy, antipathy, open hostility and then again admiration. And if someone prefers more concise review, please, here it is.

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

Clavell doing what he does best; making history come to life with very interesting and entertaining fiction. This was read by Dave Case. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Yoshima places the man caught with the radio under arrest and later sends him to Utram Road Jail, a place rzt to be much worse than Changi.