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It was my first experience with what I now call Prison Camp Lit.

King Rat : The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga

Also, though, I speculate that many soldiers who were gay but unable to be open about it could explore it here. Then he died, food for a stronger. Clavell was apparently a POW himself. I first read “King Rat” as a young teen as part of Clavell reading binge that followed the initial broadcast of his mini-series, Shogun.

I had no idea about such things in the s. Oct 29, Paul rated it it was amazing. A RAF pilot who plays female characters in performances ends up fully embracing the life of a woman. Share your thoughts with other customers. Despite being an enlisted man and undistinguished in civilian life, the King has become a major power in the closed society of the P. That corruption goes high up into untouchable territory, and there’s little he can do about it except become complicit and loathe himself and others for it.

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: They can breed them in a trench under the hut and sell the meat. There are moments of excitement and drama, but mostly it is a testament to the strength and adaptability of the human spirit.


He presents images of law and order through Gray, and a higher authority through the Camp Commandant and the Japanese, and everything down to the commoners — the privates and infantry.

Want to Read saving…. Did the camp need the King? But I was able to put that aside because the plot kept moving and the characters really got under the skin.

Grey — who comes off as an evil character — has the single role of providing the opposite voice and of overseeing that the law is carried out — a policeman or judge in a sense. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. His mother wrote all those letters not knowing if he was alive or not. Later that night Marlowe serves as an interpreter as the King sells a watch for another prisoner to a Korean guard.

The survivors are left to deal with survival instincts that may not fit them for life in the “world”. The men are courageous, brave, and have the greatest survival instincts. I’ve read Shogun and Taipan, and thoug This book was apparently written by Clavell in six weeks during a screenwriters strike in I suppose the King is a figure of rugged, predatory individualism, traits that are praised in theory but become bad characteristics when the tables get turned and the prey feels empowered.

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. But this book is different. Jsmes just has a flair for organizing his life easier and seize any opportunity to gain some money and money will give him the rest. It is about the size of a rat. He gives the King the down payment and then he and the Australian leave just as Lt.


It felt almost like a parody. And I was correct. And is pretty damn well written. Quotes from King Rat. The main question I had at the end of the book was: This is the fourth of five excellent volumes in Clavell’s asian masterworks. In way the King could be viewed as a proactive man who is clavel, to risk a lot for his survival whereas others are more comfortable with knowing what little they have is safe, even if it is so little.

As news of the war’s end reaches the camp, the King’s incredible network of power crumbles and his future looks grim.

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. Maybe it’s Clavell’s urgency to tell the tale that gripped me. His character served to show the mens’ vulnerabilities when in captivity, and their cruelties, once the camp is liberated and the world becomes “normal” again.

But not all wrong doers get punished, as is illustrated with the matter of the false weight measures that Grey discovers. Men die every day from disease and despair.

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