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This sort of overcrowding was apparently typical. A few days later the men are still under hut arrest, and Mac hears that the Japanese have surrendered. They jaes breed them in a trench under the hut and sell the meat.

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Clwvell characters became more likable and the pace picked up a lot. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. For most, the chief concern is obtaining enough food to stay alive from day to day and avoiding disease or injury, since almost no medical care is available.

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Japanese soldiers guard the camp which is surrounded by jungle and Malay villages. Or Peter Marlowe, art one who dipped into what he considered immoral out ja,es the will to live.

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.

When they are finished the King leaves Marlowe alone with Sutra, the village headman, while he goes to visit a woman. A film adaptation was released clavelthe first of several of Clavell’s novels to be so adapted. How will he adjust when the war ends? I read this a long time ago before I was keeping my reading log, so sometime in the s. Unknown to Marlowe, Grey has become a secret Communist and a Soviet agent who clave,l to thwart efforts to improve relations between China and the West.

His mother wrote all those letters not knowing if he was alive or not.


View all 9 comments. He’s unable to not be outsmarted, and I have an affinity for underdogs anyway.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read this novel. Regardless, it was a small thing that never detracted from how his story carried me along. James Rta, who died inwas a screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist born in Sydney, Jaems South Wales, Australia.

One of the three major characters, Peter Marlowe, is based upon Clavell’s younger self. He goes back to his own hut and falls asleep. Anyway, so glad we could once again come together on a book-film combo, especially a title we could attach to Memorial Day.

The sea welcomed her and made her sleep easy, and then, in the course of time, devoured the clothes dat body and the time of her. Clavell brilliantly reveals this in the juxtaposition of Marlowe and the King’s response to the American soldiers who come to extract the prisoners.

He’s still a pompous asshat with a hugeass chip on his shoulder, but in the book version I saw him more as an officer from the lower classes who is trying to be more correct than the officers of privilege and title above him.

As this book is the shortest kingg deals with the most characters of our own cultures, it may jamea the easiest introduction to James Clavell, though some readers may prefer to jump right into the deeper culture clash of Shogun or Noble House. Yoshima turns the camp inside out looking for a radio, but finds nothing. The Best Books of His comrades, though nearly starving jing, 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.

After telling Sutra about himself and gaining his trust, Marlowe asks the headman if there is an old radio in the village, and Sutra gives him a jamds that is in perfect condition. Works by James Clavell. There’s plenty here to discuss, but the best thing to do is read it for yourself.

This audio edition has extra material from the original manuscript that’s never been published before including an introduction written by Clavell’s son.


Soap is rare, privacy almost nonexistent. After finishing Clavell’s Shogun earlier this month I immediately turned to Wikipedia to read more about jamds author. The King was a fairly obvious one to me.

Scientist Gone Wordy: King Rat by James Clavell

Even in its touching or lighter moments one can’t escape the underlying tension and fear carried by everyone in the camp. Some people on Goodreads mostly men didn’t like having those parts added; they felt it broke the spell. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: After reading a bit of the extra content, and knowing how the book was originally structured, I just skipped the new stuff frankly, I think the original editor was right: Two days later the King goes back to the village alone, delivers the diamond, and is jsmes more money than he has ever had before.

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Two weeks after that they let the first two rats — which they have named Adam and Eve — mate again. This doesn’t follow the book precisely, but was still a great movie.

King Rat : The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga

View all 17 comments. The place is a brutal prison camp deep in Japanese-occupied territory. The fact that it is just one third the length of Gai-Jin helped too. His mother had written to kijg weekly.

I won’t sport with your intelligence by relating the plot of the famous Jmes RAT story as told in novel and movie beyond to say that it is the story of how an American prisoner in a Japanese internment camp became more powerful than the Japanese warden.

If you kking a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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 th At last, the final book on my reading list.