A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
What would you do if you saw the love of your life, whom you thought dead for a quarter of a century, walking towards you?
Richard Flanagan’s story-of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle’s wife-journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel; from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival; from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho’s travel journal, The Narrow Road To The Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.
About the Author
Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. His novels, Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting have received numerous honours and are published in twenty-six countries. He directed a feature film version of The Sound of One Hand Clapping. A collection of his essays is published as And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?.
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Comments about The Narrow Road To The Deep North:
I found this book hard going, but worth it in the end. It tells of the true effect of war on men. Some of the characters were not likable but nonetheless real. This requires multiple reads to fully understand - and a lot of time. I actually listened to the book read by author, and unfortunately his flat affect of speech undersold the book, negatively colouring the message. He should have left its reading to an professional reader.
Format: Audio CD
Published: 1st November 2013
Weight (kg): 0.5