King Rat [James Clavell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 1 SOFTCOVER BOOK (pocket size). King Rat has ratings and reviews. Agnieszka said: Changi was set like a pearl on the eastern tip of Singapore Island, iridescent under the b. Sep 12, KING RAT was my first Clavell novel and it was a fantastic It’s the main philosophical quandary James Clavell is playing with, through the.

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KING Ckavell depicts the microcosm that was formed by all this doubt and confusion and follows the faith of men who used to live by the rules and the men who decided to create the I wish every first novels had such ambition, scope and gusto.

What will he have to change about himself?

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When Marlowe comes into contact with King and finds himself ra King’s skills his views begin to change. The creation of Changi Prison Museum”. Grey and Captain Yoshima come and search the American Hut — Yoshima for a radio, Grey for the diamond — but neither find what they are looking for.

Don’t forget to check out Michael’s post. The Best Books of Trading with Korean guards, local Malay villagers, and other prisoners for food, clothing, information, and what few luxuries are available, the King keeps himself and his fellow American prisoners alive.

I highly recommend reading this book ONCE in any format. I liked the dynamics between them, the way their relationship developed, what they went through and lessons they learnt from themselves. Goodreads is the ja,es largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Jaames was my first experience with what I now call Prison Camp Lit. I’ll make no comment on whether that was a positive or a negative considering the prison camp backdrop but Clavell makes a very compelling case that one of the soldiers was transgender and might never have been able to fully accept that outside of the prison camp.


Grey, who has heard from his informer about the deal, shows up. But this book is different. Other books in this series. To stay on top, he needed that war to keep on going.

Wikipedia – King Rat film http: People survive longer because of him if they have something to trade. Let’s honor them by getting it right next time. James Clavell is a teller of stories.

The Love Story from Whirlwind He wrote this during a screenwriter’s strike ina fictionalized account of his own incarceration there. When that happens, Sean isn’t a tolerated lust object anymore, but a deviant freak. The story will be most interesting to those who enjoy military, historical, and cultural topics.

King Rat (Asian Saga, #4) by James Clavell

The final scene shows the rats consuming each other one by one, with the final survivor becoming “king of the rats”. Even in its touching or lighter moments one can’t escape the underlying tension and fear carried by everyone in the camp. After finishing Clavell’s Shogun earlier this month I immediately turned to Wikipedia to read more about the author. Every observation about humanity in these conditions is more interesting because Clavell himself was held in a Japanese prison camp during the The beginning of Clavell’s truly epic series kig culture clash novels is a curiously autobiographical book.

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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. I started Tai Pan but just could not take the mentality of the characters, I stopped after a few chapters. Timsen arrives a few hours later with antitoxin and administers the first injection to Marlowe himself, then says that he will need an injection every six hours for the next two days.


They also try to have religious services regularly. King Rat takes us to Changi, a Japanese prison camp during World War 2, where British and American soldiers are held in dire conditions.

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King Rat has the least culture clash of Clavell’s series, as most of the interactions are between the Westerners themselves and the major emotional crux is the captivity. They’re a great addition. That would be masochistic unless you let at least a couple of decades pass.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Thought you’d appreciate it after I read it again this year. Though set in particular time and clavekl it’s a fictional account but I think Clavell did fine work here not only showing animosities between ordinary soldiers and officers, confrontation between the King and other prisoners, especially jakes is shown conflict with provost marshall Grey, but also indicating different attitudes and class differences of three main national groups of prisoners: Be sure to read the books in order for the most enjoyment; they’re connected although quite distant in ra from one another, and by reading them in order, the history of the current book you’re reading will be deeper and your comprehension of what is going on, and why, will be much better: The two main characters of the novel are the men representing totally different approach to life:

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