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“A magnificent novel.”—Washington Post “A dramatic, utterly engrossing novel harsh and brutal in its revelations James Clavell is a spellbinding storyteller. King Rat by James Clavell, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. It should be noted that this was James Clavell’s first book. It was also the first book (though not chronologically) in a series he wrote which.

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I think all of Clavell’s novels made it to either TV or Movie form; in some cases he wrote the screenplays, in most, not he was too busy doing other more important things in Hollywood, or writing his next blockbuster novel.

Anyone who has read or seen it knows what I’m talking about. Book ratings by Goodreads. My grandparents lived in China during the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and I remember them talking of a Japanese woman surviver that lived near them and took care of their children. Through the experiences of Marlowe, the King, and rar characters, the novel offers a vivid, often disturbing portrayal xlavell men brought to the edge of survival by a brutal environment.

What are you worth in a society that doesn’t think, act and structures your life with meaningless titles and perceived value? We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. This article is about the James Clavell novel. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. But I was able to put that aside because the plot kept moving and the characters really got ikng the skin. When the King tries to pay him for his help, Marlowe refuses and becomes angry; but, the King quickly calms him down. That said, he’s still a punctilious little prick and Courtenay delivered that in spades in the movie.


And if someone prefers more concise review, please, here it is. The survivors are left to deal with survival instincts that may not fit them for life in the “world”.

Had been so long since I gave this one a gander.

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Chronological Order 6 books. This section contains 2, words approx. To stay on top, he needed that war to keep on going. It’s all about making moola without honor Clavell was a prisoner in the Changi POW camp that this book centers around.

Then kint died, food for a stronger. His control creates a story that is never too hopeless to lose its deeper meaning, and that embraces its characters as real people, rather than tools for social messages. Rank and class are important to the British who try to maintain discipline but there is corruption and theft of food.

Who would you become if the rules of society suddenly crumble and you had the opportunity to form new ones? This includes the guards the officer-prisoners setting up various spying plans to the King’s rat breeding program yeah, that’s real! View all 9 comments. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of 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.

That night Marlowe tries to go back to the jungle to get the money, but he passes out before he even reaches the wire and the King and one kimg his men carry him back to the American Hut.

King Rat : The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga

You never know how you’ll behave once they strip you of everything and throw you into a cage. Grey, who has heard from his informer about the deal, shows up. King Rat is a clash of personalities, a display of cynicism, lack of scruples and ability to adjust to any situation in the raat. He maintained this oriental interest in his other great works: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.


Yes, the King is the embodiment of Capitalism and the “survival of the fittest” theory, but he’s also really likable at times and you have to read the whole novel to get the allegory his story is meant to be. He could not adapt his skills or his ideas to the new environment. As the son of a working-class family, Grey follows the rules for their own sake using his position as Provost Marshal to gain a status otherwise unavailable to him in British society.

This book was apparently written by Clavell in six weeks during a screenwriters strike in During his incarceration, he neither sent nor received any. The author was cpavell aware of the bad taste left behind when character and morality are tested by suffering, death and uncertainty.

At one time or another I’ve read most or all of James Clavell’s novels.

After the King calms down clabell talks Marlowe into only taking the part he needs and burying the rest of the radio, and the two sneak back into camp. But also an extraordinary courage, solidarity and commitment.