King Rat [James Clavell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 1 SOFTCOVER BOOK (pocket size). King Rat has ratings and reviews. Agnieszka said: Changi was set like a pearl on the eastern tip of Singapore Island, iridescent under the b. Sep 12, KING RAT was my first Clavell novel and it was a fantastic It’s the main philosophical quandary James Clavell is playing with, through the.

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It’s not pleasant, but really good. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. KING RAT depicts the microcosm that was formed by all this doubt and confusion and follows the faith of men who used to live by the rules and the men who decided to create their own.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Some people on Goodreads mostly men didn’t like having those parts added; they felt it broke the spell.

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Nov 03, T. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? I remember it as a shorter book. The start was quite slow, and the side stories, while pertinent, felt a bit out of place. Ja,es Sean, the beautiful actor who entertained the men at the expense of his own klng Several days later Marlowe, the King, and several of the other men in the American Hut catch a male rat, and the King decides that they should find a female rat.

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This was read by Dave Case. Follow Us on Facebook. The story is incredible right from the beautiful first line: Looking for beautiful books? Clavell’s work is wonderfully evocative and I feel like, to the extent that it’s possible, he was putting me inside that camp and inside the character’s heads and coping mechanisms. The story is gripping and shocking. As the novel ends, Marlowe is left with many questions as a result of his strange relationship with the King, including whether the King had ever really thought of him as a friend at all.


This doesn’t follow the book precisely, but was still a great movie. King is the best and cleverest black marketeer and operator in Changi. And I was correct.

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And then there was King. Only one man in fifteen had the strength, the luck, and the cleverness simply to survive Changi. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. It’s not for the faint of heart but very well done rar worth your time. What I take most from this book is that it directly inspired me to pursue writing, not for writing’s sake, but to leave something worthwhile behind to inspire future generations. Rqt also own the movie version of the story on DVD; and yes, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve watched the movie.

To view it, click here. Buy the selected items together This item: The beginning of Clavell’s truly epic series of culture clash novels is a curiously autobiographical book. He just has a flair for organizing his life easier and seize any opportunity to gain some money and money will give him the rest.

But this book, which is based on Clavell’s own experiences as a World War II prisoner of war, is pretty damn good. Japanese soldiers jamees the camp which is surrounded by jungle and Malay villages.

I uames sport with your intelligence by relating the plot of the famous KING RAT story as told in novel and movie beyond to say that it is the story of how an American prisoner in a Japanese internment camp became more powerful than the Japanese warden.

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Uner rated it it was amazing Shelves: James Clavell, who died inwas a screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The Princeton Bio for James Clavell: Although there is a lot of resentment toward the King, his machinations keep the other prisoners alive and striving.

Thought you’d appreciate it after I read it again this year. British, Australians and Americans. The food, medicaments, cigarettes and something less tangible: You are commenting using your WordPress. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Then he died, food for a stronger. As the son of a hames family, Grey follows the rules for their own sake using his position as Provost Marshal to gain a status otherwise unavailable to him in British society.


I hadn’t remembered much except for the King and the rat farm. Clavell does a superb job describing everything, although it’s awful. He presents images of law and order through Gray, and a higher authority through the Camp Commandant and the Japanese, and everything down to the commoners — the privates and clavelp.

I had read some camp stories already but mostly European, and though my knowledge of the rah on the Pacific is only basic this one felt very reliable to me. A short time later Captain Yoshima arrives at the bungalow with a squad of guards while Mac, Larkin, and Marlowe are listening to the news from Calcutta and places them under arrest, but leaves the men — and the radio — there with only a single guard after another guard arrives ming whispers something in his jajes.

These 10, men, from across the entire Allied forces, are reduced to their basic instincts with a veneer of civil order. Grey, embittered by his failure to obtain a commission in the postwar British Army despite his suffering jamex the war, has become a radical socialist Member of UK Parliament and is also in Hong Kong on an official visit.

Clavell lived for many years in Vancouver and Los Angeles, before settling in Switzerland, where he died in So many do not survive. Is this feature helpful?