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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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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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4.2

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94%

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  • Deserves multiple readings (9)
  • Engaging characters (9)
  • Page turner (6)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Meeting triumph and disaster.

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...Read complete review

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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Disappointing read

Don't understand the question. This is a book and one just reads it.

Don't understand the question. This is a book and one just reads it.

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5.0

Too Real Novel

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    Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

    I wouldn't have been surprised to find that this was not a novel but a true account of the Burma Railway POW's.

    At times the narrative is deeply disturbing and yet it brings out ideas that are truly moving and perspectives that had me questioning my own values.

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    5.0

    Fabulous

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    • Just Loved This Read
    • Well Written

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      Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

      I loved this book ! Authentic , compassionate , tragic ! Will read many times in the future.

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      2.0

      Disappointing read

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      from Melbourne

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        • Difficult To Follow
        • Disappointing

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          Don't understand the question. This is a book and one just reads it.

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          5.0

          Richard Flanagan is exceptional.

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          from Brisbane

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            Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

            Very moving and profound. I feel I have a better understanding of what soldiers go through when they're prisoners and when they return to 'normal' life.

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            5.0

            Wonderful

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              Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

              The book is wonderful. Very emotional at times - I had to put it down and just think for a while. But there are balances to the sadness and overall it is a great read and a book that I will definitely read again and recommend to others.

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              4.0

              The Narrow Road is a Hard Road

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                I know this book is very highly rated by others but as a very occasional reader this writing style slow going for me. It is extremely descriptive and beautiful writing, just depends whether you want the flowery stuff or simple reading.

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                5.0

                Engrossing read

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                • Emotionally gripping
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                    Well written and engaging book, combining the horrors of history with the realism of everyday life.

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                    5.0

                    Riveting reading

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                    • Harrowing
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                      Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

                      Brilliant and complex characters add to a must read description of the brutal conditions for prisoners of war and also their captors on the Thai-Burma railway during World War II as well as post-war consequences for the survivors.

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                      1.0

                      A disappointment

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                          Any one who is familiar with the exploits of Weary Dunlop would be disappointed.

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                          4.0

                          Don.t leave on the shelf

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                          • Engaging Characters
                          • Touching
                          • Well Written

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                          • My Loss If I Had Not Read
                          • Needs Concentration

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                          Never disappointed with the service.

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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
                          Country of Publication: AU
                          Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.1  x 3.1
                          Weight (kg): 0.36