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King rat by James Clavell

King rat (original 1962; edition 1975)

by James Clavell

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Title:King rat
Authors:James Clavell
Info:London : Coronet, 1975.
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King Rat by James Clavell (1962)

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Peter Marlowe spends 2.5 years in Changi prison camp near Singapore during WW II with the King, Robin Gray, & others ( )
  kewlgeek | Jun 30, 2015 |
I loved this book. The ending. I think on it quite often when I see that a person can thrive in one situation yet be useless in another, which describes all of us, really. ( )
  LynleyS | Jul 1, 2014 |
It is hard to imagine the true horror of life under Japanese occupation as a foreigner in the second world war, but this story does a good job at helping to understand that horror. The story is about more than survival in an inhumane prisoner of war (POW) camp, it is about capital, class, military hierarchy, rules and regulation, friendship and social organisations. The story is told through the lens of the fictional yet personal stories of the characters and the relationships they have between them and the situation and suffering of their loved ones. Survival is king! Amongst any group of survivors there are those that are better off because they are lucky. It is a warning and an education to learn of the rat eat rat reduction of humanity in Japanese POW camps. ( )
  agdturner | Jun 3, 2013 |
An interesting and engrossing novel. I found this difficult to put down, and ended up reading it in two days.

This is based on the author's experiences in a Japanese POW camp, which adds to the realism. But it's a novel, not an autobiography, and it should be read with that in mind. I've seen a few reviews which mark it down for factual inaccuracy, but I think that's missing the point.

Maybe not quite as good as Shogun, but that's mainly because Shogun is so good that it's hard to live up to. ( )
  Pondlife | Apr 6, 2012 |
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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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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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