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His weapons are human courage, unblinking understanding of human weaknesses, and total willingness to exploit every opportunity to enlarge his power The time is World War II.

King Rat Summary & Study Guide

He had a lot to live up to since 3 others in this series were read by John Lee who absolutely wowed me. Read more Read less. Wikipedia – King Rat novel http: The King tells Marlowe that they will be going to the village the next night. That corruption goes high up into untouchable territory, and there’s little he can do about it except become complicit and loathe himself and kingg for it. Maybe it’s Clavell’s urgency to tell the tale that gripped me. Through the experiences of Marlowe, the King, and other characters, the novel offers a vivid, often disturbing portrayal of men brought to the edge of survival by a brutal environment.

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The King decides he and his friends jame breed rats to sell for food. He has had a rough life and after the war will probably be sent to military prison for his activities in the camp. Please try again later.


The words “read this, it’ll change your life” are dropped too often with books, but cannot be dropped often enough with this one. The search for the radio that an informer has told Yoshima is in camp intensifies and Marlowe knows it is only a matter of time before they are caught but he, Mac, and Larkin continue to listen to the news from Calcutta every night, and make sure that it spreads through the camp.

Gai-Jin in chronology of Asian Saga. He had no agony. It’s a rather sad justice that all of his cagey and morally ambiguous gains become clagell worthless once Hiroshima and Nagasaki got dat and Japan surrendered.

King Rat has the least culture clash of Clavell’s series, as most of the interactions are between the Westerners themselves and the major emotional crux is the captivity. Although Grey knows about his activities, he has never been able to catch the King in the act.

There is no easy explicitness here, no distinct line between that what you can accept and not feel irretrievably corrupted. KING RAT depicts the microcosm that was formed by all this doubt and confusion and follows the faith of men who used to live by the rules and the men who decided to create their own.

Book Review : James Clavell – King Rat () — Dead End Follies

You die soon, imperialist weaklings! Grey, embittered by his failure to obtain a commission in the postwar British Army despite his suffering during the war, has become a radical socialist Member of UK Parliament and is also dat Hong Kong on an official visit. I can’t recommend a reread. And this praise is perhaps the most damnable understatement the book can receive — Clavell isn’t writing about “experiences,” he is writing about the cauldron from which he was “reborn” — his time in Changi, a Japanese POW camp in Malaysia during WWII.


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King Rat : The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga

The King is based on Clavell’s experience as a prisoner of war. Clavell, a 6′ tall man, weighed 98 lbs when released from Changi, likely a bit more than half what he should have weighed. Eve gives janes to another litter of rats, and the King sees that they will need more cages to hold the rats as they grow. Senior officers come to him for help in selling their valuables to buy food, and other officers are secretly on his payroll.

King Rat (Asian Saga, #4) by James Clavell

I highly recommend reading this book ONCE in any format. He’s still a pompous asshat with a hugeass chip on his shoulder, but in the book version I saw him more as an officer from the lower classes who is trying to be more correct than the officers of privilege and title above him. The King is last seen in the novel as an object of contempt by his fellow prisoners and the rescuing forces.