King Rat

King Rat

James Clavell / Feb 23, 2020

King Rat The time is World War II The place is a brutal prison camp deep in Japanese occupied territory Here within the seething mass of humanity one man an American corporal seeks dominance over both capt

  • Title: King Rat
  • Author: James Clavell
  • ISBN: 9780440043928
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The time is World War II The place is a brutal prison camp deep in Japanese occupied territory Here, within the seething mass of humanity, one man, an American corporal, seeks dominance over both captives and captors alike His weapons are human courage, unblinking understanding of human weaknesses, and total willingness to exploit every opportunity to enlarge his powerThe time is World War II The place is a brutal prison camp deep in Japanese occupied territory Here, within the seething mass of humanity, one man, an American corporal, seeks dominance over both captives and captors alike His weapons are human courage, unblinking understanding of human weaknesses, and total willingness to exploit every opportunity to enlarge his power and corrupt or destroy anyone who stands in his path.

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      • James Clavell

        James Clavell, born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell was a British novelist, screenwriter, director and World War II veteran and POW Clavell is best known for his epic Asian Saga series of novels and their televised adaptations, along with such films as The Great Escape, The Fly and To Sir, with Love James Clavell 2007, November 10 In , The Free Encyclopedia Retrieved 23 16, November 14, 2007, from enpedia w indexp t


    1. Changi was set like a pearl on the eastern tip of Singapore Island, iridescent under the bowl of tropical skies. It stood on a slight rise and around it was a belt of green, and farther off the green gave way to the blue-green seas and the seas to infinity of horizon.This beautiful opening line is like a promise of fantastic adventure, exotic trip, it evokes some delightful place, a mystery island you always dreamt about but it is anything but it. Changi was the inhuman Japanese camp for the war [...]

    2. Сега знам защо тази книга е толкова популярна, защо е класика.Защото е драматично-иронична песен за войната, мъжеството, приятелството, смъртта и дома. Защото в нея има всичко. Има страх, примирение, безразличие, има надежда и любов.Любимият ми цитат:Питър Марлоу се придвижи [...]

    3. The beginning of Clavell's truly epic series of culture clash novels is a curiously autobiographical book. King Rat takes us to Changi, a Japanese prison camp during World War 2, where British and American soldiers are held in dire conditions. We watch as people cling to honor, duty and any semblance of structure for their own mental health and survival. Every observation about humanity in these conditions is more interesting because Clavell himself was held in a Japanese prison camp during the [...]

    4. I read this once decades ago, but Mom & I were talking about it one morning. When she got her hair cut later that day, she found a copy in their free book rack & loved it. My library has it in an audio edition, so I listened to it. It's a great fictionalized account of American, British, & Australians in Changi, a Japanese POW camp during WWII.This audio edition has extra material from the original manuscript that's never been published before including an introduction written by Cla [...]

    5. It's not cool to praise James Clavell - and indeed, Shogun is extremely silly. I recall a couple of Japanese people cringing when I once was foolish enough to mention it (I believe they showed the series on Japanese TV). But this book, which is based on Clavell's own experiences as a World War II prisoner of war, is pretty damn good. There's something universal about his description of camp life. He doesn't try and draw any moral, and there are no obvious symbolic associations, but at the end I [...]

    6. This is the first volume in Clavell's "Asian Saga," and was written about the Japanese prison camp of Changi located in Singapore, where the author himself was held as a POW during the late stages of World War II. "The King" is a successful wheeling and dealing American. Using capitalistic initiative, he concocts many money-making schemes, the most shocking of which, involves breeding rats to sell as "rabbit" meat. He generates feelings of hatred or envy in others, but everyone wants to be close [...]

    7. Не 5, ако имаше как и 10 звезди щях да ѝ дам Разкошна книга. Не ми се искаше да свършва. От тези, които после ти оставят книжен махмурлук просто стоиш, гледаш в точка, не можеш да излезеш от историята и да се върнеш към реалността.

    8. (4.5 stars) After a stretch of the book crankies, this one finally broke the bad luck. That's probably due in no small part to the fact that the 1965 movie "King Rat," with George Segal and James Fox, is tremendously awesome and one of the best war or prison pictures I've ever seen. It's the complete flip side to the jaunty and fun "The Great Escape" (the screenplay of which, oddly enough, was penned by Clavell.)Clavell's style here isn't exactly my cup of tea: so many run-on sentences, and I th [...]

    9. In King Rat, James Clavell succeeds in doing what countless other authors usually fail at: taken actual experiences from his life and distilled them into a gripping dramatic narrative. And this praise is perhaps the most damnable understatement the book can receive -- Clavell isn't writing about "experiences," he is writing about the cauldron from which he was "reborn" -- his time in Changi, a Japanese POW camp in Malaysia during WWII.And yet, the book is mostly comedic -- filled with the hopefu [...]

    10. A brutally realistic account of soldier's survival in a Japanese WWII prison camp.Clavell doing what he does best; making history come to life with very interesting and entertaining fiction.Back for morei just found out that King Rat is in part autobiographical. Clavell was apparently a POW himself. That explains are great deal. i was very much awed that a fictional book could be so incredibly detailed and convey the day to day struggle of the characters so well. JC was writing from experience. [...]

    11. I thought his novel was just fantastic! (However, the entire saga of the King and the diamond was a lot of build up for a lot of nothing in the end, wasn't it?)

    12. This book was apparently written by Clavell in six weeks during a screenwriters strike in 1963. The story feels rushed and is messy at times with this sort of disconnected feel to it, but yet, I absolutely loved it. Maybe it's Clavell's urgency to tell the tale that gripped me. This book is not as macho as I thought it would be. There's actually a lot of tolerance and genuine emotion in all of the characters. I was moved by them and I wasn't expecting that. I've read Shogun and Taipan, and thoug [...]

    13. I wish every first novels had such ambition, scope and gusto. KING RAT is about the manliest, most violently existential novel south of Hemingway. It's full of dudes lost without the structure and the social status that normal life usually provides and completely adrift, not knowing the faith of the free world during WWII. 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 the [...]

    14. Clavell is better known for his later Shogun and other Japanese history novels, but this earlier novel about the lives of Americans and British POWs in a Japanese prisoner of war camp is a classic. 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 take in an impossible moral situation.

    15. The story takes place in an enclosed small wartime POW camp with imprisoned English, Australians, and some Americans. Japanese soldiers guard the camp which is surrounded by jungle and Malay villages. There is not much food, no medicine, incredible heat and biting insects. Soap is rare, privacy almost nonexistent. Men die every day from disease and despair. 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 li [...]

    16. As an Author myself I trace my roots on why I wanted to write back to "King Rat." After "Shogun" this is probably my favorite Clavell story, and rightfully so, as this was written based on Clavell's own experiences in a POW camp in WW II.What I take most 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.

    17. At last, the final book on my 1962 reading list. I read this a long time ago before I was keeping my reading log, so sometime in the 1980s. It was my first experience with what I now call Prison Camp Lit. The dirt, the starving, the dysentery, etc. Ugh.I remember it as a shorter book. The reprint I got from my local library contains sections left out of the original publication in 1962, giving a look at some of the wives and girlfriends of the prisoners and what they were going through while the [...]

    18. Клавел наистина има добри попадения изледвайки живота в един лагер на военнопленници по време на втората световна война. Жаждата за живот и омразата към високопоставените изяжда душите на всички. Благодарение на приспособилият се към живота в лагера Цар и сечащият му кат [...]

    19. At one time or another I've read most or all of James Clavell's novels. KING RAT is by far my favorite. I've lost count of the number of times I've read this novel. 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. I like the book better. Clavell survived as a POW in WWII. The sub-story is that the Peter Marlowe character in KING RAT is a fictionalized version of James Clavell and that the Corporal King character is a fictio [...]

    20. I first read "King Rat" as a young teen as part of Clavell reading binge that followed the initial broadcast of his mini-series, Shogun. Living in Singapore and touring WWII historical sites here reminded me of Clavell's semi-autobiographical novel of the dehumanization of POW's in Changi Prison during the war. I recommended this novel to my teen son and then re-read it myself. King Rat still details the psychological abuse and breakdown of ordinary men in sub-human conditions better than any ot [...]

    21. My interest in Japanese culture was just blossoming when I came across this powerhouse of a book, which I have re-read since at least three times. The story, about a friendship between an American soldier and a British officer in a Japanese POW camp, and the way the two men influence one another, is interesting enough on its own, but the book also gives insight in how the camp strips the occupants of their civilization and shows the lengths people go through to survive. Recommended not only to t [...]

    22. След толкова много фентъзи време беше да прочета някоя класика. Впечатлен съм от Клавел, разбирам защо книгата е толкова харесвана. Най-важното, е че научих доста неща за живота от нея Препоръчвам я на всеки, който търси отговори :)

    23. Great one.Strongly recommend for my man-friends.I'll definitely read more from Clavell in the future.

    24. This could almost be billed as the serious, Asian version of the movie 'The Great Escape', and so I was not entirely surprised to discover that James Clavell wrote the screenplay for that film, and the book has a cinematic quality to it. POWs in barracks and digging trenches or tunnels are a feature of both. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the film or book 'Empire of the Sun', the TV series 'Tenko' or even the film 'Bridge Over the River Kwai'. This is full of incident, great charac [...]

    25. I've meant to read this for 20 years and one book or another jumped ahead of it. Or, I'd forget my intention to read it every now and then. But a recent trip to the library in which I could not find anything I was looking for brought "King Rat" to my attention again. And, it was on the shelf. Score! Years and years ago I remember the actress, Jamie Lee Curtis, stating that this was her favorite book and she often gave it out to friends. I liked "Shogun" and I like "King Rat" even more. I, myself [...]

    26. I will admit to a certain undying love for James Clavell, mostly due to the many miniseries done of his books inthe 80's. I will also admit that I adore Richard Chamberlain for this same reason. So there.King Rat is actually a lot different from his other books set in Asia, partly I think because there are no women to speak of. The man in his other books displays a very early 80's chauvinist attitude: he loved to make a big deal about the women's lib movement, in a very patronizing "aren't they [...]

    27. Може би, защото знаех, че автора пише от личен опит или просто защото пише дяволски добре, "Цар Плъх" ме грабна адски бързо. Той те удря с гадната си реалистичност, с многопластовите герои, всеки с различна вътрешна борба и те оставя като ударен с мокър парцал. Усещаш, че харес [...]

    28. This is the kind of society and social hierarchy, that of a WWII POW camp, that would not be out of place in a science fiction novel about a dystopian world. The story is structured in a way to perfectly juxtapose the classism, corruption, and hypocrisy of the various groups. All the while that these factions exist within the camp, and the hierarchy exists within, the Japanese maintain the camp and are literally the real enemy. It is a really great book about survival under prison conditions and [...]

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