Blind Date 2017 comment: "Detailed and real. 3rd person narrative was awkward at first but the story is an intense insight into the war. Amazing the child's view of the internment camp as 'home' and war as 'normal' is a fascinating perspective."
Empire of the Sun ---- J. G. Ballard c - 2005 ---- A World War II story and a good read ---- hard to put down ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul
I found this unreadable. Something about the language made me not care one bit for the characters.
Empire of the Sun is one of the greatest books about war written by a British author. Yet there are no battles, no combatants, no heroes and ultimately, no real villains. It is just the story of one little boy named Jim. This little boy, lives with his parents in pre-war Shanghai. His is a rich, indulged life. When war finally breaks out, Jim is separated from his parents in the mad panic, violence and the crush. For a while, he roams Shanghai, foraging for food among the once rich, now deserted houses of the International Settlement. But after a while, the inevitable happens, and he is interned at Lunghua Camp, where he spends the rest of the war. The author, Jim Ballard is not for everyone. People either love this book or they hate it.
RichardPaul thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
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