King Rat (Paperback)
|Author: James Clavell|
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King Rat by James Clavell - Book Review
By: Jeruen Dery Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 2/14/2012 1:09 PM
|When you're in a pinch, what do you do to survive? Survival in the extreme sense of the word, is the main theme of this novel, which is the fourth book (chronologically, that is) in James Clavell's Asian Saga. That being said, this was the first book to be published, in 1962. Set in 1945, this novel tells the story of an American corporal, nicknamed the "King", and Peter Marlowe, an English Flight Lieutenant. The setting is in Changi prison, a prisoner of war camp in Singapore, administered by the Japanese. The King is a black marketeer, who befriends Marlowe for his language skills. Eventually, as the novel develops, they get entangled in several different deals, and the friendship between the two men develop as well. Eventually, the war ends, and their friendship collapses....read the full review|