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The Narrow Road to the Deep North : Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize - Richard Flanagan

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize

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Published: 3rd November 2014
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Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize

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A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

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    5.0

    Superb

    By Carranya

    from Melbourne, AU

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    Pros

    • Terrific Book

    Cons

    • None

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    Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

    Flanagan gets right inside the complex interplay of captor and prisoner against the deadly background of the Burma Railway construction.

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    4.0

    Read a book fully before you judge it

    By Ex. Smudgie

    from Ex Melbourne Au

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Not what I expected
    • Well Written

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      Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

      A good fiction story around Australian war history

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      5.0

      Brilliant and deeply moving

      By Jenny

      from Bulli

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      • Engaging Characters
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        Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

        I found this book deeply moving. The writing was superb. It is not a book one can read quickly; one needs to savour every sentence. I have read many books this year but ths one has to be the outstanding one of the year for me. I have enjoyed Flanagan's previous books but this one is by far his best.

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        4.0

        Gripping Tale

        By Revdocmaz

        from Gold Coast

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        • Page Turner
        • Well Written

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        • Initiall Hard To Get Into

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        Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

        Wow, this is a gripping story. The sense of place and time puts the reader squarely in the centre of the drama. the characters are brilliantly portrayed, some I loathed, others I loved, but for all I felt compassion.

        I could not wait to get back to this book every night once the day's work was finished.
        A true Australian masterpiece.

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        5.0

        Meeting triumph and disaster.

        By Jenny the Challenged

        from Perth, Western Australia

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        • Charity And Forgiveness
        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Engaging Characters
        • Insight Into Humanity
        • Relentless Realism
        • Well Written

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        • Brutally Real
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        Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

        As he himself says, this is the book that crowns Richard Flanagan's oeuvre, the book that he had to write in order to be able to continue his writing career with integrity. His prose is exceptional, as ever; there is a personal intensity in it. It is a hard book to read - complex, vivid, grotesque, and it demonstrates the wholeness of humans - their glory and their failures. I think it is a magnificent Australian saga that will easily become one of the forever books in our national consciousness.

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        4.0

        Excellent Book should be read at schools

        By Pat

        from Perth

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          Excellent Book should be mandatory reading in schools least we forget

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          'The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution. It's by far the best new novel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGrath 'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: 'My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.' Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' - Geordie Williamson, The Australian 'A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser 'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' - Michael Williams, The Guardian

          Richard Flanagan

          Descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemens Land (later renamed Tasmania) during the Great Famine, Richard Flanagan was born in his native island in 1961, the fifth of six children. He spent his childhood in the mining town of Rosebery and left school at sixteen to work as a bush laborer. He later attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. His first novel is the much celebrated Death of a River Guide (available from Grove Press), which won major Australian literary prizes including the 1996 National Fiction Award and was described by the Times Literary Supplement as "one of the most auspicious debuts in Australian writing."

          His second novel, The Sound of One Hand Clapping (available from Grove Press), was similarly critically acclaimed and has sold over 150,000 copies in Australia, an unprecedented figure there for a literary novel. It won the Australian Booksellers Book of the Year Award and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction. Flanagan's first two novels, declared Kirkus Reviews, "rank with the finest fiction out of Australia since the heyday of Patrick White." Gould's Book of Fish, his third novel, won Best Book for the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize in the South East Asia & South Pacific Region.

          In addition to Australia and the USA, his novels are being published in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Britain, Germany, Holland, and France. He directed an acclaimed feature film based on The Sound of One Hand Clapping, which had its world premiere in competition at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Bear for best film. He lives in Tasmania with his wife and three children.

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          ISBN: 9780857980366
          ISBN-10: 085798036X
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 480
          Published: 3rd November 2014
          Publisher: Random House Australia
          Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.1  x 3.1
          Weight (kg): 0.36