King Rat [James Clavell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 1 SOFTCOVER BOOK (pocket size). King Rat has ratings and reviews. Agnieszka said: Changi was set like a pearl on the eastern tip of Singapore Island, iridescent under the b. Sep 12, KING RAT was my first Clavell novel and it was a fantastic It’s the main philosophical quandary James Clavell is playing with, through the.

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He doesn’t try and draw any moral, and there are no obvious symbolic associations, but at the end I It’s not cool to praise James Clavell – and indeed, Shogun is extremely silly. And the glimpses into his personal life through flashbacks made him more sympathetic. It’s the sale of a 4-carat diamond. Jqmes just isn’t done, old boy”.

Clothes have rotted away and sarongs and rags are all that’s available so rank is made known only by arm bands and a slight difference in living huts.

I’ve read Shogun and Taipan, and though I adored the story lines and over the top drama in those books, I never really connected with the main characters because they were so loud and bold like superheroes Thanks for telling us about the problem. Retrieved 26 January I wish clavell first novels had such ambition, scope and gusto. Or maybe I’d be Grey, seething with jealousy, but unable to forfeit my high morality to sate my needs. The main question I had at the end of the book was: It’s the complete flip side to the jaunty and fun “The Great Escape” the screenplay of which, oddly enough, was penned by Clavell.

The words “read this, it’ll change your life” are dropped too often with books, but cannot be dropped often enough with this kihg. I won’t sport with your intelligence by relating the plot of the famous KING RAT story as told in novel and movie beyond to say that it is the story of how an American prisoner in a Japanese internment camp became more powerful than the Japanese warden.


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He did a good job. It is really a question of how. Get to Know Us. The final scene shows the rats consuming each other one by one, with the final survivor becoming “king of the rats”. Three weeks later, the first litter of rats is born. Recommended not only to those who want a great war story, but also those interested in Japanese and Western culture clashes.

It’s a story about survival and about friendship the true, unspoken kind that men shy away from when it is put into words. Anyone who has read or seen it knows what I’m talking about. Later that night Marlowe serves as an interpreter as the King sells a watch for another prisoner to a Korean guard.

I was moved by them and I wasn’t expecting that. I highly recommend reading this book ONCE in any format. You are commenting using your WordPress. This study guide contains the following sections: 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 the movie. Every observation about humanity in these conditions is more interesting because Clavell himself was held in a Japanese prison camp during the war.

King Rat Summary & Study Guide

I know how bizarre that sounds but it was certainly where his character was going. A group of officers who stole money from their underlings are later seen greedily enjoying a meal of “Rusa tikus” not knowing they are actually eating rat meat.

What I take rar from this book is that it directly inspired me to pursue writing, not for writing’s sake, but to leave something worthwhile behind to inspire future generations.

The entire book is based on how horrible the camp is, yet what happens when the war ends? While chronicling the harsh and brutal conditions in Changi jamed where the POWs are fed only the bare minimum needed to keep them alive and men die every day clavel diseases and conditions that would be simple to treat in the outside world — the novel also tells the story of the unique friendship that grows between a British RAF Lieutenant named Peter Marlowe and an American corporal called the King.


By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Just before he and the King are to meet with Shagata, Marlowe sees the doctor again and is told that the arm has turned gangrenous and will have to come off soon.

Trading with Korean guards, local Malay villagers, and other prisoners for food, clothing, information, and what few luxuries are available, the King tat himself and his fellow American prisoners alive.

This doesn’t follow the book precisely, but was still a great movie.

King Rat Summary & Study Guide

Many are unsure of their place in the world after surviving Changi, especially after seeing themselves in the eyes of the healthy soldiers sent to free them. This is prominent throughout the novel, and becomes more complex as morality is thrown into the mix and Clavell begins to ask if the sacrifice of morality is really worth it in order to survive. Although there is a lot of resentment toward the King, his machinations keep the other prisoners alive and striving.

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It feels as though the book will be a magical and lovely tribute of sorts to an equally magical and lovely place. Read more from the Study Guide. One art the most fascinating aspects occurs after the end of the war, when many of the Vlavell are fearful to return to normal life. See all reviews. Rather, the King asks for the best of each man and rewards him accordingly, irrespective of class or position.

Then he died, food for a stronger.