“A magnificent novel.”—Washington Post “A dramatic, utterly engrossing novel harsh and brutal in its revelations James Clavell is a spellbinding storyteller. King Rat by James Clavell, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. It should be noted that this was James Clavell’s first book. It was also the first book (though not chronologically) in a series he wrote which.

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View a FREE sample. Clavell’s first chapter of his debut novel showed exactly how to build a setting and flesh it out with characters in a compelling, if horrific, manner was just text book. Timsen arrives a few hours later with antitoxin and administers the first injection to Marlowe himself, then says that oing will need an injection every six hours for the next two days.

Was it wholly made up or did he attempt to recreate some of what he might have heard himself. They also try to have religious services regularly.

This made the book very interesting but had a double purpose as it also begins to provide alternate perspective on our society and the role we each play in it. Well, both are fantastic novels! Email required Address never made public. Only Peter Marlowe seeks the King out and tells him that they are friends and that he wants to help him, but the King says that he has no friends and tells Marlowe to get lost.


The Asian Saga by James Clavell. Soap is rare, privacy almost nonexistent.

He did a good job. However, on the one hand, I don’t want to assimilate it. I suppose the King is a figure of rugged, predatory individualism, traits that are praised in theory but become bad characteristics when the tables get turned and the prey feels empowered. It felt almost like a parody. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read this novel. Review Text “A magnificent novel.

When he meets the King he is almost delirious with pain and worry, but the King helps him pull himself together. Fill in your details below or click an icon flavell log in: That said, he’s still a punctilious little prick and Courtenay delivered that in spades in the movie.

King Rat has the least culture clash of Clavell’s series, as most of the interactions are between the Westerners themselves and the major emotional crux is the captivity. This doesn’t follow the book precisely, but was still a great movie.

One fed off the other, and when the environment is upended, the symbiotic relationship utterly falls apart. A few days later the men are still under hut arrest, and Mac hears that the Japanese have surrendered.

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Clavell doing what he does best; making history come to life with very interesting and entertaining fiction. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your clavsll favourite book.


A claveell nights later Shagata — the guard that the King and Cheng San agreed on as a go-between — tells the King that Cheng San has been arrested. The variety of characters Clavell puts into the book present various types of ways of responding to the obstacle.

I highly recommend reading this book ONCE in any format.

King Rat : The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga

KING RAT depicts the microcosm that was formed by all this doubt and confusion and follows the faith of men who used to live by the rules and the men who decided to create their own. There are moments of excitement and drama, but mostly it is a testament to the strength and adaptability of the human spirit.

Officers from various parts of Britain’s Asian empire, accustomed to having native servants provide them with freshly laundered uniforms daily, clavvell reduced to wearing rags and homemade shoes. I also own the movie version of the story on DVD; and yes, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve watched kiing movie. View all 3 comments. King Rat is a novel xlavell by British author James Clavell.