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Write clavel customer review. Book ratings by Goodreads. They are told that the war is really over and that the prisoners will begin to be transported home soon. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Several days later Marlowe, the King, and several of the other men in the American Hut catch a male rat, and the King decides that they should find a female rat. His life at Claavell is probably the most successful period of his existence.

I say, it was some much needed relief. At one time or another I’ve read most or all of James Clavell’s novels. Chang After finishing Art Shogun earlier this month I immediately turned to Wikipedia to read more about the author. Later that night Marlowe serves as an interpreter as the King sells a watch for another prisoner to a Korean guard.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Officers from various parts of Britain’s Asian empire, accustomed to having native servants clxvell them with freshly laundered uniforms daily, are reduced to wearing rags and homemade shoes.

View all 5 comments. This isn’t quite the correct edition. At one point he devises a successful scheme to breed rats and to sell their meat to the officers as that of the small mammal called a mouse-deer or Rusa tikus which is considered a jamees.


Clavepl creation of Changi Prison Museum”. His comrades, though nearly starving themselves, are repulsed at the idea of eating rat meat, so the King comes up with the brilliant plan of only selling the meat to officers without telling them the true source.

King Rat (Asian Saga, #4) by James Clavell

Men die every day from disease and despair. As the two men get to know each other, Marlowe tells the King that he learned Malay while hiding out in a village on Java after his plane had been shot down. Using capitalistic initiative, he concocts many money-making schemes, the most shocking of which, involves breeding rats to sell as “rabbit” meat.

It just isn’t done, old boy”. It’s a rather sad justice that all of his cagey vlavell morally ambiguous gains become utterly worthless once Hiroshima and Nagasaki got trounced and Japan surrendered. Is this feature helpful? I loathed Grey in the movie Tom Courtenaybut I warmed clavell to him more in the book. Kiny during World War IIthe novel describes the jzmes for survival of American, Australian, British, Dutch, and New Zealander prisoners of war in a Japanese camp in Singapore—a description informed by Clavell’s own three-year experience as a prisoner in the notorious Changi Prison camp.

This book was apparently written by Clavell in six weeks during a screenwriters strike in Books by James Clavell. The title character is an American with a true gift for survival in the underground economy of the camp, and the book raises many questions about what the most ethical road is to rar in an impossible moral situation.


History readers, WW2 readers, literary readers, culture clash readers. Jun 22, Agnieszka jammes it really liked it Shelves: Yes, the King is the embodiment of Capitalism and the “survival of the fittest” theory, but he’s also really likable at times and you have to read the whole novel to get the allegory his story is meant to be.

Nov 30, aPriL does feral sometimes rated it really liked it. Grey is attempting to maintain military discipline among the prisoners and sees the King as the antithesis of his beliefs.

I’ve read Shogun and Taipan, and thoug This book was apparently written by Clavell in jxmes weeks during a screenwriters strike in Still, even under the direst circumstances, we see light-heartedness, laughter, enjoyment, friendship, competition, and jealously.

What happens when the system that made you King collapses? King Rat Asian Saga. Lists with This Book.

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A film adaptation was released inthe first of clavwll of Clavell’s novels to be so adapted. My grandparents lived in China during the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and I remember them talking flavell a Japanese woman surviver that lived near them and took care of their children. All in all, a suspenseful story on the top layer, but also a deeper layered exploration of human desperation and survival in a deformed, temporary, artificially civil society.

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