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‘Remarkable…form, content and style fuse with complete success…one of the great war novels of the 20th century.’ William Boyd
‘Gripping and remarkable…I have never read a novel which gave me a stronger sense of the blind helplessness of war…unforgettable.’ Observer
‘Ranks with the greatest British writing on the Second World War.’ The Times
‘A brilliant fusion of history, autobiography and imaginative speculation. An incredible literary achievement and almost intolerably moving.’ Anthony Burgess--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
“May well be that great British novel about the last war for which we’ve had to wait forty-odd years. Significantly enough, there are no heroics – scarcely any combatants, in fact. Only a British schoolboy lost in Shanghai when the Japanese invade, a vast company of the doomed, Shanghai itself and, in the background, history working itself out. An extraordinary achievement.”
“A remarkable journey into the mind of a growing boy … horror and humanity are blended into a unique and unforgettable fiction.”
“An immensely powerful novel – in a class of its own for sheer imaginative force.”
“Remarkable … form, content and style fuse with complete success … one of the great war novels of the 20th century.”
“An extraordinary addition to our modern literature of war. Indeed, if there is still room for a masterpiece about the Second World War, then this is it.”
ROBERT NYE, 'Guardian'
“Explores a world light-years away from that of conventional war fiction.”
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
“Gripping and remarkable … I have never read a novel which gave me a stronger sense of the blind helplessness of war … unforgettable.”
“Ranks with the greatest British writing on the Second World War.”
“A brilliant fusion of history, autobiography and imaginative speculation. An incredible literary achievement and almost intolerably moving.”
Winner of the 'Guardian' fiction prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 months ago by K
Ballard first came to fame for writing dystopias like "The Drowned Word" and "The Wind from Nowhere". Read morePublished 4 months ago by William Shardlow
Enjoyed this book.
We are first introduced to a boy living in China just before Japanese invasion in World War II. Read more