Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

Book - 1984
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The classic, heartrending story of a British boyâe(tm)s four year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Newly reissued with an introduction by John Lanchester.

Based on J. G. Ballardâe(tm)s own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boyâe(tm)s life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai âe" a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.

Rooted as it is in the authorâe(tm)s own disturbing experience of war in our time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the twentieth century will be not only remembered but judged.

This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballardâe(tm)s works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Zadie Smith, Rivka Galchen, Hari Kunzru and Martin Amis) and brand-new cover designs from the artist Stanley Donwood.

Publisher: HarperCollins, c1984.
ISBN: 9780007221523
9780743265232
9780006547006
0006547001
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAL

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RichardPaul
Feb 11, 2012

Empire of the Sun ---- J. G. Ballard c - 2005 ---- A World War II story and a good read ---- hard to put down ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul

Amandatoryrant Jun 28, 2011

I found this unreadable. Something about the language made me not care one bit for the characters.

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TheSponge
Mar 14, 2011

Empire of the Sun is one of the greatest books about war written by a British author. Yet there are no battles, no combatants, no heroes and ultimately, no real villains. It is just the story of one little boy named Jim. This little boy, lives with his parents in pre-war Shanghai. His is a rich, indulged life. When war finally breaks out, Jim is separated from his parents in the mad panic, violence and the crush. For a while, he roams Shanghai, foraging for food among the once rich, now deserted houses of the International Settlement. But after a while, the inevitable happens, and he is interned at Lunghua Camp, where he spends the rest of the war. The author, Jim Ballard is not for everyone. People either love this book or they hate it.

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Feb 11, 2012

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