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It is the eve of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, and Jim and his parents are enjoying a fancy dress party at the British Residents' Association in Shanghai. The next day, the roof falls in on Jim's world as he finds himself alone in a Shanghai prison camp overrun by the Japanese, and at the start of a remarkable struggle for survival. Hungry, sick and desperate to find his parents, he soon realizes that surrender is the only option and survival in a brutal prison camp dependent on his relationship with his captors, people for whom he has an affinity.
This heart-rending tale of a boy's loyalty, guile and instinct to survive over almost four years of internment is one of the most memorable stories of the Pacific war, and Jim a character you will never forget.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There's a lot of fetishistic adoration of machinery - appropriately enough - in J.G. Ballard's novel, Empire Of The Sun, and a sort of forlorn memory of life in Japan pre-Nagasaki. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Dan Smith
book club.I read some of it seems good, well I want to read the rest of it.Published 28 days ago by Babs
Considering the author survived this event, Empire of the Sun is a truly heart lifting book. It opens a door on the human spirit and is uplifting. Read and enjoy.Published 3 months ago by harps
It's difficult to describe how important this book is. The only way to appreciate this is to read it, preferably more than once. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rick
This was a bit of a tough read in that I didn't feel much sympathy for the author. This may be the result of writing about one's childhood experiences, but with an adult mind. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K