The Narrow Road To The
Man Booker Prize 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.
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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