The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Book - 2014 | First American edition.
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize

"Nothing since Cormac McCarthy's The Road has shaken me like this." -- The Washington Post

From the author of the acclaimed Gould's Book of Fish, a magisterial novel of love and war that traces the life of one man from World War II to the present.
August, 1943: Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life, in a brutal Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, is a daily struggle to save the men under his command. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever.
A savagely beautiful novel about the many forms of good and evil, of truth and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780385352857
Branch Call Number: FIC Flana
Characteristics: 334 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Apr 08, 2019

good- a bit gruesome at times

Feb 06, 2019

Prose. A deeply introspective novel about the silent experiences and fractured memories of war. Winner of the Man Booker Prize.

Jan 01, 2019

A grisly dark and tragic story or romance, war, weakness and greatness. Not a light cookie with a cup of tea. The very best of writing itself, and an experience to read.

Dec 01, 2018

A wonderful book, at its core a love story, but also describes life in a WW2 prisoner of war camp (Thailand). Painful to read at times. Gets inside the head of the prisoners and guards. Frequently poetic. This is the second read for me. I appreciated it more the second time.

Nov 20, 2018

Perhaps one of the most powerful books I have ever read. An immersive experience. You will be emotionally drawn into the story probably against your will. Not for the squeamish though.

Nov 07, 2018

Did not finish

Sep 26, 2017

Not sure why this author is so "celebrated" and wins so many awards. Because he's from Tasmania, therefore "exotic" and unusual? This was the second book of his I tried to read...I say "tried" because I just couldn't stick with it, ended up giving up after less than 50 pages. I thought I'd give this a try, being about a subject that has always fascinated me, POWs and how WWII had so many things that could have easily been called "war crimes". Yet only one side ever seemed to get called to account for it, as always. But this...I have to agree with at least one other person here...pretentious and over-written doesn't even begin to describe it. Cormac McCarthy clones are a dime a dozen it seems, and very few can pull it off. Including this guy, in my opinion anyhow.

Jun 11, 2017

Did not enjoy this book at all. Found it overwritten, pretentious and the descriptions of the woman just comical, maybe because I don' t have wondrous nipples. The protagonist, DorrIgo Evans stumps around like a YA hero. Enough said, just simply bad

May 17, 2017

I enjoyed the book but not more than 3.5 stars. The biggest shortcoming was the main character. Without giving too much away, he's a tortured soul without a good reason. He leads an easier life than almost any other character. In fact, several characters are more interesting and more compelling than the protagonist, which is definitely a flaw in a book that's otherwise pretty good.

May 07, 2017

I am a book connosieur and this is one of the best books I have ever read! An historical fiction about the Burma Thai death railway, but so much more! Complex details of lives on both sides of the POW Japanese camps, the Australian prisoners, the Japanese guards, a mesmerizing book I didn't want to end :(

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Jun 11, 2017

He found her nipples wondrous.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

A happy man has no past, while an unhappy man has nothing else.

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