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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Book - 2014 | First American Edition
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Haunted by the death of his wife while attending brutally sick and injured soldiers at a World War II Japanese POW camp, surgeon Dorrigo Evans receives a letter that irrevocably shapes the subsequent decades of his life in Australia.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC, 2014
Edition: First American Edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780385352857
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 334 pages ; 25 cm


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Booker winner and shortlisted IMPAC Dublin nominee Richard Flanagan (Gould’s Book of Fish) offers an account of the elderly Dorrigo Evans, who recalls the major event of his long life. Central to the story is the “Burma Death Railway” constructed by slave labour that included 13,000 Australian pr... Read More »

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Winner of the Booker Prize 2014.

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Feb 10, 2021

World wide young men joined the military for various reasons, mainly to have a job and paycheck. They were the ones who ended up in POW camps and so maltreated. The officers didn't have to work and even received some pay. I don't know if any Japanese were in prison camps, but in Canada German POW 's were treated fairly well, even allowed out into the community. The Japanese mindset seemed to be that POW's deserved to be maltreated because they didn't have enough honour to kill themselves rather than be captured.

Jan 18, 2021

Parts of this are very well-written but it is overly long and dragged out. The plight of the Australians in a Japanese POW camp in Burma is shocking and that level of cruelty and suffering is difficult to understand or relate to in the present day. Of course it had a profound and negative effect on most of the survivors both mentally and physically and relationships were forever changed. However, the same reflections and analysis of the protagonist's relationships both before and after the war are dredged up over and over but don't really reveal anything new. I thought the book had ended about six times, but it just kept going and going. Parts of the denouement were kind of trite and same-same, sort of like an O. Henry short story.

HCL_staff_reviews Apr 14, 2020

An outstanding review led me to this novel which won the Man Booker Prize. I am thankful I had the audiobook as I could fast forward a few extremely horrifying scenes involving beheadings. The story revolves around a complex Australian surgeon named Dorrigo Evans who leads Australian POWs in their impossible task of building the Thai Burma Railroad (also known as the Death Railway... it was the subject of the movie The Bridge of the River Kwai). An intertwined love story provides much needed relief to the horrors. Flanagan's novel is difficult to take on but I'm grateful I made the effort as I learned so much about this appalling piece of history that affected thousands. — Kim B., Ridgedale Library

Aug 17, 2019

This was such a great book. I could barely put it down.

Apr 08, 2019

good- a bit gruesome at times

Feb 06, 2019

Prose. A deeply introspective novel about the silent experiences and fractured memories of war. Winner of the Man Booker Prize.

Jan 01, 2019

A grisly dark and tragic story or romance, war, weakness and greatness. Not a light cookie with a cup of tea. The very best of writing itself, and an experience to read.

Dec 01, 2018

A wonderful book, at its core a love story, but also describes life in a WW2 prisoner of war camp (Thailand). Painful to read at times. Gets inside the head of the prisoners and guards. Frequently poetic. This is the second read for me. I appreciated it more the second time.

Nov 20, 2018

Perhaps one of the most powerful books I have ever read. An immersive experience. You will be emotionally drawn into the story probably against your will. Not for the squeamish though.

Nov 07, 2018

Did not finish

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He found her nipples wondrous.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

A happy man has no past, while an unhappy man has nothing else.

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