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Empire of the Sun Audio Cassette – 15 Dec 1987
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‘An extraordinary achievement.’ Angela Carter
‘A remarkable journey into the mind of a growing boy…horror and humanity are blended into a unique and unforgettable fiction.’ Sunday Times
‘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
‘A brilliant fusion of history, autobiography and imaginative speculation. An incredible literary achievement and almost intolerably moving.’ Anthony Burgess--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
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. See all Product description
Top customer reviews
It's very sad that J G Ballard didn't gain a reputation as an author during his lifetime with the general public, he seems to have been more much acknowledged by literary types and by other writers. He's been described as not being "mainstream" for want of a better phrase, but I find his work far more readable than say, Martin Amis, and a whole lot less depressing than a lot of books my John Irving.
I've just bought the sequel, the Kindness of Women and look forward to more of our hero. Jim is loosely based on J G Ballard's own internment as a child living in Shanghai.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the well being of children or general history.
We are first introduced to a boy living in China just before Japanese invasion in World War II.
Witnessing his plight, whereby he is forced to find his way to survive alone in a country occupied by hostile forces, I found myself wondered what I might do in the same circumstances.
Later the book enters a second phase as the boy is captured and sent to a prison camp - this again we see through his eyes.
Watch the film and read the book - you won't regret it.