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King rat (original 1962; edition 1975)

by James Clavell

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Title:King rat
Authors:James Clavell
Info:London : Coronet, 1975.
Collections:LT connections, Read but unowned
Rating:****1/2
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King Rat by James Clavell (1962)

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Fictional account of American and British POWs in a Singapore concentration camp ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 10, 2017 |
The story about a military POW camp during WWII.

Centers around one man who makes it successfully through the camp and then collapses when they are freed due to his having made the camp his world. He can't deal with starting from scratch again and climbing up again out in the real world.

Not as enjoyable as [b:Shōgun|402093|Shōgun|James Clavell|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1320426001s/402093.jpg|1755568] or [b:Gai-Jin|42929|Gai-Jin|James Clavell|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1333578456s/42929.jpg|658129] however... ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I don't know why I didn't read "King Rat" years ago when I read "Taipan" and "Shogun." This book was suspenseful, moving, and disturbing. Great read. ( )
  NatalieSW | Dec 2, 2016 |
This is a very moving and touching story. ( )
  hredwards | Jul 4, 2016 |
2.5 really - too YA ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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There was a war. Changi and Utram Road jails in Singapore do - or did - exist. Obviously the rest of this story is fiction, and no similarity to anyone living or dead exists or is intended.
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For Those Who Were There
And Are Not,
For Those Who Were There And Are.
For Him. But Most,
For Her.
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Changi was set like a pearl on the eastern tip of Singapore Island, iridescent under the bowl of tropical skies.
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At a Japanese prisoner camp during World War II, an American corporal seeks dominance over captives and captors alike, using courage, knowledge of human weaknesses, and willingness to exploit every opportunity to enlarge his power and corrupt or destroy anyone who stands in his way.… (more)

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