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King Rat is named after the central character in Clavell's spellbinding masterpiece about the brutality of prison camp life in Japanese-occupied, World War II Malaya. The King, an American corporal, seeks to dominate both captives and captors by his courage, profound insight into human frailties, and pragmatic American business techniques in a class-ridden society where Japanese and British actions are bound by bankrupt codes of "honor." The novel, originally published in 1962, is made more engrossing by flashbacks to the home front. Reader David Chase superbly transfers Clavell's genius as a writer to this superb audio. His skill lies in communicating the author's uproarious black humor and in his fabulous timing and phraseology. Highly recommended.
-James Dudley, Westhampton Beach, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A magnificent novel.”—Washington Post
“A dramatic, utterly engrossing novel...harsh and brutal in its revelations...James Clavell is a spellbinding storyteller, a brilliant observer, a man who understands much and forgives much.” —New York Times
“Tension wound up to the snapping point.”—Christian Science Monitor
"Breathtaking....worth every word, every ounce, every penny."—Associated Press --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
James Clavell's stunning book on the brutal life inside a Japanese prison war camp during WW2. Gritty and compelling, it the the story of how soldiers survive, the upper crust... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carole P. Roman
Story was exciting, lots of plot. Excellent work creating real characters participating in believable war time actions. James Clavell is an excellent author.Published 22 months ago by t123
This novel's one of those a reader finds himself wondering whether he'd have enjoyed it as much if he'd seen the movie first. Probably it's best not to wonder. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by Jack Purcell
An amazing story, so vivid it seems like Mr. Clavell transcribed a true story. Very real, thought-provoking. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003 by brento1138