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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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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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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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4.0

Great one for discussion in Book Club.

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    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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        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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            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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              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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                  5.0

                  Richard Flanagan is exceptional.

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                    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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                      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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                      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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                        Engrossing read

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

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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
                            Edition Number: 1