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Empire Of The Sun (New Windmills KS3) Hardcover – 31 Mar 1989
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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
“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. See all Product description
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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.
This is a gripping, if at times uncomfortable, tale that the reader will not want to put down; can't recommendd it highly enough
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