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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, but there’s something about his writing and what chooses to say and not say that completely resounds with me.

What are you looking for, homie? Order our King Rat Study Guide. They are flexible which allows them to adjust to one another. A film adaptation was released inthe first of several of Clavell’s novels to be so adapted.

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And the strongest was always the King, not by strength alone, but King by cunning and luck and strength together. The two main characters of the novel are the men representing totally different clavepl to life: It’s a story about survival and about friendship the true, unspoken kind that men shy away from when it is put into words.

Dr Brown A bit late my answer 3 years! It’s the complete flip side to the jaunty and fun “The Great Escape” the screenplay of which, oddly enough, was penned by Clavell. One fed off the other, and when the environment is upended, the symbiotic relationship utterly falls apart. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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Recommended not only to those who want a great war story, but also those interested in Japanese and Western culture clashes. The King says that all they can do is stick to their original plan and that he will meet Shagata in a few days to show him the diamond and collect a portion of the money.


Clavell doing what he does best; making history come to life with very interesting and entertaining fiction. Then he died, food for a stronger. The two main characters of the novel are very different from one another and yet it is believable that they forge a friendship. Yoshima places the man caught with the radio under arrest and later sends him to Utram Road Jail, a place rumored to be much worse than Changi.

And then there was King. The Kindle version I received contained extra sections that were edited out of the original work, and frankly, I can see why. Timsen arrives a few hours later with antitoxin and administers the first injection to Marlowe himself, then says that he will need an injection every six hours for the next two days.

His mother had written to him weekly. I like the book better. His weapons are human courage, unblinking understanding of human weaknesses, and total willingness to exploit every opportunity to enlarge his power The time is World War II. The King decides he and his friends should breed rats to sell for food. He gives the King the down payment and then he and the Australian leave just as Lt.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Officers from various parts of Britain’s Asian empire, accustomed to having native servants provide them with freshly laundered uniforms daily, are reduced to wearing rags and homemade shoes. Senior officers come to him for help in selling their valuables to buy food, and other officers are secretly on his payroll.

I found the deep irony of that to be a fantastic way to introduce a novel of war. He had no agony.

The reprint I got from my local library contains sections left out of the original publication ingiving a look at some of the wives and girlfriends of the prisoners and what they were going through while their men were in the camp.

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. The Asian Saga by James Clavell. Sep 02, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of See all reviews.


View all 5 comments. As the novel ends, Marlowe is left with many questions as a result of his strange relationship with the King, including whether the King had ever really thought of him as a friend at all. Anyone who has read or seen it knows what I’m talking about. Here, within the seething mass of humanity, one man, an American corporal, seeks dominance over both captives and captors alike. Or Steven, the gay male nurse who tended to every sick man in that camp regardless of their injury or rank?

The men are courageous, brave, and have the greatest survival instincts. Both in readers and other prisoners the King arouses mixed feelings. Here, within the seething mass of humanity, one man, an American corporal, seeks dominance over both captives and captors alike.

There is not much food, no medicine, incredible heat and biting insects. jamex

Yoshima turns the camp inside out looking for a radio, but finds nothing. Their personality are violently clashing because Grey is still clinging to an order that doesn’t exist anymore within the walls of Changi. For most, the chief concern claell obtaining enough food to stay alive from day to day and avoiding disease or injury, since almost no medical care is available.

The men are on edge all the time but have nothing to do. Then, they go to meet Shagata. You die soon, imperialist weaklings! Works by James Clavell.