“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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Feb 28, Harv Griffin rated it it was amazing Shelves: He’s jealous clavell petty and mean, rar I honestly couldn’t hate him. But they also show a lack of scruples. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Clavell’s first chapter of his debut novel showed exactly how to build a setting and flesh it out with characters in a compelling, if horrific, manner was just text book.

This story and its characters are supposed to be fiction but it’s hard not try overlay Clavell onto Marlowe and he was inspired by an actual American prisoner for the King’s character. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

KING RAT clavvell the microcosm that was formed by all this doubt and confusion and follows the faith of men who used to live by the rules and the men who decided to create their own.

This sort of overcrowding was apparently typical. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Only Peter Marlowe seeks the King out and tells him that they are friends and that he wants to help him, but the King says that he has no friends and tells Marlowe to get lost.

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Soap is rare, privacy almost nonexistent.

The King passes a young British officer who is speaking to one of the guards in perfect Malay. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Clavell, a 6′ tall man, weighed 98 lbs when released from Changi, likely a bit more than half what he should have weighed. Attempts are made to conduct educational classes which quickly fail.

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. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Don’t get me wrong, reading on the bus is half posturing, so Clavell has an interesting coefficient of book thickness, historical value and straight out alpha male fisticuffs value.

Apr 19, SallyB rated it it was amazing Shelves: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Return kung Book Page. In clafell case, the protagonists and everyone in the POW camp are faced with a series of obstacles and challenges each day and they have to meet these challenges and overcome them. Getting it into the reader’s head in the most economic but melodic way imaginable, in my opinion.

It’s about a price you are willing to pay to survive and principles you could sacrifice to make it. There is cavell occasional card game and the occasional theatre production and a far better mood in the camp than what I had originally envisioned. Larkin and Mac tell Marlowe that he needs to be careful around the King. Wikipedia – James Clavell http: 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, rag there’s something about his writing and what chooses to say and not say that completely resounds with me.


And the glimpses into his personal life through flashbacks made him more sympathetic.

The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga. I recall a couple of Japanese people cringing when I once was foolish enough to mention it I believe clavel showed the series on Japanese TV. He’s unable to not be outsmarted, and I have an affinity for underdogs anyway.

This is not exactly a happy book with happy endings but I found it especially heartbreaking that Betty didn’t survive liberation.

Scientist Gone Wordy: King Rat by James Clavell

They are told that the war is really over and that the prisoners will begin to be transported home soon. To ask other readers questions about King Ratplease sign up. Want to Read saving….

Imagine writing regularly to someone you loved, not knowing if he was even still alive, not knowing if he got your letters.