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The Narrow Road To The Deep North

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Richard Flanagan

 

Winner:  Man Booker Prize 2014

 

 

ISBN 978-0701189051
Format Hardback 464pp
Publisher Chatto and Windus
Published 3 July 2014
 

 

About the Book: 


What would you do if you saw the love of your life, whom you thought dead for a quarter of a century, walking towards you?

Richard Flanagan's story-of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle's wife -journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho's travel journal, The Narrow Road To The Deep North is about the impossibility of love.

At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943, and forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, a man is killed for no reason. He receives a letter that will change his life forever and a love story unfolds.

Hailed as a masterpiece, Richard Flanagan's epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man's reckoning with the truth.

 

 

About the Author:

 

 

 

Born in Tasmania in 1961, Richard Flanagan is one of Australia's leading novelists. His novels, Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize), The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting have received numerous honours and been published in 26 countries. His father, who died the day Flanagan finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North, was a survivor of the Burma Death Railway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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