The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho's travel journal, The Narrow Road To The Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds. Richard Flanagan's story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle's wife journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2014
ISBN: 9780804171472
9780385352857
0385352859
Branch Call Number: FICTION FLANA...R
Characteristics: pages ; cm

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Richard Flanagan's story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle's wife journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Chang... Read More »


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Ssaaddy
Jun 11, 2017

Did not enjoy this book at all. Found it overwritten, pretentious and the descriptions of the woman just comical, maybe because I don' t have wondrous nipples. The protagonist, DorrIgo Evans stumps around like a YA hero. Enough said, just simply bad

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cshamm1
May 17, 2017

I enjoyed the book but not more than 3.5 stars. The biggest shortcoming was the main character. Without giving too much away, he's a tortured soul without a good reason. He leads an easier life than almost any other character. In fact, several characters are more interesting and more compelling than the protagonist, which is definitely a flaw in a book that's otherwise pretty good.

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mantecond
May 07, 2017

I am a book connosieur and this is one of the best books I have ever read! An historical fiction about the Burma Thai death railway, but so much more! Complex details of lives on both sides of the POW Japanese camps, the Australian prisoners, the Japanese guards, a mesmerizing book I didn't want to end :(

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Pisinga
Jan 16, 2017

The first 7-10 pages of the book are a bit confusing. But then - in the book there are "Love in the Time of Cholera", and the unbearable suffering of people in captivity, and description about capability of human been endure all the suffering. Thoughts about the senselessness of suffering, the search for justification of crimes with the sense of duty, loyalty to conjugal life, a passion, and that, in the end, everything and everyone will go into oblivion. An impressive book.

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elaxminn
Dec 30, 2016

An excellent novel that is riveting from the first page to the last. On one level it's about a horrific world war 2 POW experience and how that affects everyone involved for the rest of their lives. On another level it is about the evolution of the characters view of the world, and how they evolve throughout the rest of their lives.

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becker
Oct 09, 2016

A densely written, emotionally demanding read, but worth every page. What a powerful story.

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Jeanneknits2
Jul 31, 2016

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a difficult book to read. The depiction of the POWs building the Siam/Burma railway and enduring the sadistic cruelties of their Japanese guards is heart-wrenching. It brought me to tears more than once. I found the beginning of the book confusing and it took several tries to get into it. But, an extremely worthwhile read non the less.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

The Narrow Road... contains some of the most beautiful and poignant war writing I have ever read. Although its focus is on Australian prisoners of war during WWII, the novel tells both sides of the war with comparative heart. As a complete work The Narrow Road... mirrors an epic tale, but it is in the tender and mesmerizing vignettes Flanagan uses to tell the whole story that the novel is its strongest.

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uncommonreader
Apr 14, 2016

Dedicated to his father, who was a POW on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, this novel tells two contrasting stories. The narrative about the building of the railway is harrowing and the characters are authentic; this story makes the book worth reading. I also liked the parallel poetry throughout - haikus and Tennyson. However, the story of the love affair between the doctor and his uncle's wife was stilted and seemed to be based only on lust. It did not succeed in contrasting the war and peace aspects of the novel. Although Flanagan won the Man Booker prize for this novel, in many ways it disappointed.

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wiltonsugiyama
Feb 12, 2016

This knocked me for a loop - what an impact this story had. There is imagery here that has stayed with me for months after - definitely plan to read again, you know, when I want to lighten the mood haha. Make no mistake, this is dark stuff.

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Ssaaddy
Jun 11, 2017

He found her nipples wondrous.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

A happy man has no past, while an unhappy man has nothing else.

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