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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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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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4.3

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96%

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  • Well written (19)
  • Engaging characters (15)
  • Deserves multiple readings (13)
  • Page turner (10)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Such a sad story

I have to say how disappointed I am to be reading a book, having been awarded the Man Booker Prize, and find sentences beginning with "And", or...Read complete review

I have to say how disappointed I am to be reading a book, having been awarded the Man Booker Prize, and find sentences beginning with "And", or "But". My first reaction was "what is going on?" Unfortunately, although only half way through the story, this has been a huge disappointment to see this in print and not corrected. The story itself is harrowing, and you can feel and imagine what the poor soldiers went through on the Burma Railway, and still ask yourself "why?". The strength of will, the cruelty of their captors, the description of their conditions and how they tried to cope will stay with the reader for a long time after the last page has turned.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

A compelling read

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

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    Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

    This a book that is both compelling and disturbing, waking us to the frightening and degrading conditions to which the POWs were subjected while working on "the Line" (the Thai Burma Railway) during World War II, set against the backdrop of an affair held by the main character Dorrigo Evans and his claim to fame. A brilliant work.

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    3.0

    A bit of a slog

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    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Not What I expected

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    Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

    Came quickly, could not complain re delivery

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    5.0

    Richard Flanagan deserved the Man Booker Prize

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    • Engaging Characters
    • Well Written

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      Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

      Deeply disturbing and enlightening at the same time - very human.

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      5.0

      grat eread shoud be more of these historical novels

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        Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

        good student novel they can see what others put up with for them

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        4.0

        Great one for discussion in Book Club.

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

          Great novel for book club discussion describing lives and events surrounding the construction of the Burma Railway.
          One of our better choices.

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          5.0

          exceptional

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              Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

              exceptional book written with lightest touch

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              4.0

              Such a sad story

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                Comments about The Narrow Road to the Deep North:

                I have to say how disappointed I am to be reading a book, having been awarded the Man Booker Prize, and find sentences beginning with "And", or "But". My first reaction was "what is going on?" Unfortunately, although only half way through the story, this has been a huge disappointment to see this in print and not corrected. The story itself is harrowing, and you can feel and imagine what the poor soldiers went through on the Burma Railway, and still ask yourself "why?". The strength of will, the cruelty of their captors, the description of their conditions and how they tried to cope will stay with the reader for a long time after the last page has turned.

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                5.0

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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
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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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                    Disappointing read

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

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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

                        Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. He is descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemen’s Land in the 1840s. His father is a survivor of the Burma Death Railway. One of his three brothers is Australian Rules football journalist Martin Flanagan. He grew up in the remote mining town of Rosebery on Tasmania’s western coast.

                        His novels, Death Of A River Guide, The Sound Of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book Of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North 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?

                        His latest book The Narrow Road to the Deep North won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

                        Visit Richard Flanagan's Booktopia Author Page


                        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
                        Edition Number: 1