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Empire of the Sun (French) Paperback – 1988
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330pages. in8. cartonné jaquette.
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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.