The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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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. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Hailed as a masterpiece, Richard Flanagan's epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man's reckoning with the truth.

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  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 143 x 222 x 37mm | 597g
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0701189053
  • 9780701189051
  • 220

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`I loved this book. Not just a great novel but an important book in its ability to look at terrible things and create something beautiful. Everyone should read it.` -- Evie Wyld a Granta Best of Young British Novelist `The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution.` -- Patrick McGrath `A masterpiece ... an extraordinary piece of writing` -- Michael Williams Guardian (Australia) `A huge novel, ambitious, driven, multi-stranded ... The novel's characters, Australian and Japanese, shimmer with life; they are familiar yet finally unknowable, compromised, betrayed, fallible and credible ... A grand, paradoxical dance that is both macabre and life affirming.` Sydney Morning Herald

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About Richard Flanagan

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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