King Rat

King Rat

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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 power and corrupt or destroy anyone who stands in his path.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 106 x 171 x 32mm | 227g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0440145465
  • 9780440145462
  • 25,954

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"A magnificent novel."-Washington Post

"A dramatic, utterly engrossing novel...harsh and brutal in its revelations...James Clavell is a spellbinding storyteller, a brilliant observer, a man who understands much and forgives much." -New York Times

"Tension wound up to the snapping point."-Christian Science Monitor

"Breathtaking....worth every word, every ounce, every penny."-Associated Press

"Tension wound up to the snapping point."-Christian Science Monitor

"A dramatic, utterly engrossing novel...harsh and brutal in its revelations...James Clavell is a spellbinding storyteller, a brilliant observer, a man who understands much and forgives much." -New York Times
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"A magnificent novel."--Washington Post "A dramatic, utterly engrossing novel...harsh and brutal in its revelations...James Clavell is a spellbinding storyteller, a brilliant observer, a man who understands much and forgives much." --New York Times "Tension wound up to the snapping point."--Christian Science Monitor

"Breathtaking....worth every word, every ounce, every penny."--Associated Press "Tension wound up to the snapping point."--Christian Science Monitor
"A dramatic, utterly engrossing novel...harsh and brutal in its revelations...James Clavell is a spellbinding storyteller, a brilliant observer, a man who understands much and forgives much." -New York Times
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About James Clavell

James Clavell, who died in 1994, was a screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Although he wrote the screenplays for a number of acclaimed films, including The Fly (1958), The Great Escape (1963), and To Sir With Love (1967), he is best known for his epic novels in his Asian Saga. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Rating details

29,777 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 39% (11,562)
4 38% (11,460)
3 19% (5,708)
2 3% (882)
1 1% (165)
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