King Rat [James Clavell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 1 SOFTCOVER BOOK (pocket size). King Rat has ratings and reviews. Agnieszka said: Changi was set like a pearl on the eastern tip of Singapore Island, iridescent under the b. Sep 12, KING RAT was my first Clavell novel and it was a fantastic It’s the main philosophical quandary James Clavell is playing with, through the.

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I had read some camp stories already but mostly European, and though my knowledge of the war on the Pacific is only basic this one felt very reliable to me. Marlowe is descended from several generations of highly regarded British soldiers. The story feels rushed and is messy at times with this sort of disconnected feel to it, but yet, I absolutely loved it.

Most are fearful of the future, not sure if wives and children survived or waited for them as letters are almost never sent or received through the Japanese. Though set in particular time and place it’s a fictional account but I think Clavell did fine work here not only showing animosities between ordinary soldiers and officers, confrontation between the King and other prisoners, especially rivetingly is shown conflict with provost marshall Grey, but also indicating different attitudes and class differences of three main national groups of prisoners: Lists with This Book.

How will he adjust when the war ends?

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Will the people he love before remain in his heart and he in theirs? Set up a giveaway. The story is gripping and shocking. Many are unsure of their place in the world after surviving Changi, especially after seeing themselves in the eyes of the healthy soldiers sent to free them. Marlowe soon understands that the King is not the thief and con artist that Grey would have him believe.


Both in readers and other prisoners the King arouses mixed feelings. Jqmes one point he devises a successful scheme to breed rats and to sell their meat to the officers as that of the small mammal called a mouse-deer or Rusa tikus which is considered a delicacy.

And is pretty damn well written. So many do not survive.

That said, he’s still a punctilious little prick and Courtenay delivered that in spades in the movie. Thought you’d appreciate it after I read it again this year.

Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Hierarchies emerge and a natural order takes over.

And the strongest was always the King, not by strength alone, but King by cunning and luck and strength clqvell. 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. Or how someone who hadn’t been subjected to those pressures would view me.

The King pays a small man who has managed to steal the diamond from its original Australian owner half what it would have cost him originally, then takes it back to the American Hut. 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.

The characters became more likable and the pace picked up a lot. Don’t forget to check out Michael’s post. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.


I don’t want to forget the horror of war simply because people are resilient enough to survive it. Grey and Captain Yoshima come and search the American Hut — Yoshima for a radio, Grey for the diamond — but neither find what they are looking for.

Still, even under the direst circumstances, we see light-heartedness, laughter, enjoyment, friendship, competition, and jealously.

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He generates feelings of hatred or envy in others, but everyone wants to be close This is the first volume in Clavell’s “Asian Saga,” and was written about the Japanese prison camp of Changi located in Singapore, where the author himself was held as a POW clavrll the late stages of World War II.

It’s the familiar routines of life overlaid on a horrific existence that can take chapters to assimilate. The creation of Changi Prison Museum”. I’m not sure how much is fact or fiction, but think mames enough fact to put it on my ‘sort-of-nonfiction’ shelf. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

Oct 15, Jen from Quebec: The sea welcomed her and made her sleep easy, and then, in the course of time, devoured the clothes and body and the time of her.