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Due to lessons he learned the hard way in the POW camp! If you build your whole personality and worth using other people, what happens when those people turn their backs on you? Staying alive is difficult for all including the King, but he has way more comforts than the others.

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Perhaps the most impressive piece of trivia about this book is that it is Clavell’s first novel of which he would write only 5 more, each a masterpiece in its own right. Some might find that James Clavell writes grotesque Hemingwayesque overakills, I thought it was fun.

He gives the King the down payment and then he and the Australian leave just as Lt. Don’t get me wrong, reading on the bus is vlavell posturing, so Clavell has an interesting coefficient of book thickness, historical value and straight out alpha male fisticuffs value. And yet, the book is mostly comedic — filled with the hopeful gallows humor of men who are living under the constant shadow of death. This isn’t quite the correct edition. Just before he and the King are to meet with Shagata, Marlowe sees the doctor again and is told that the arm has turned gangrenous and will have to come off soon.


Lists with This Book. Changi was set like a pearl on the eastern tip of Singapore Island, iridescent under the bowl of tropical skies. View all 5 comments.

King Rat Summary & Study Guide

View all 8 comments. Many are unsure of their place clavelll the world after surviving Changi, especially after seeing themselves in the eyes of the healthy soldiers sent to free them.

Did the camp need the King? Clavell was apparently a POW himself. King Rat James Clavell. That corruption goes high up into untouchable territory, and there’s little he can do about it except become complicit and loathe himself and others for it.

King Rat Summary & Study Guide

The characters became more likable and the pace picked up a lot. Yes, jamee King is the embodiment of Capitalism and the “survival of the fittest” theory, but he’s also really likable at times and you have to read the whole novel to get the allegory his story is meant to be. He turns down a lucrative business partnership with the King because “Marlowes aren’t tradesmen.

It teaches you that to outlast the camp, clabell on the outside in fact, you need to be a part at least a small group, that the camp is not a place for a lone wolf. Jun 22, Agnieszka rated it really liked it Shelves: His comrades, though nearly starving themselves, are repulsed at the idea of eating rat meat, so the King comes up with the brilliant plan of only selling the meat to officers without telling them the true source.


Until the day his will to be King deserted him.

Several days later there is another surprise inspection and this time Captain Yoshima, the Japanese officer in charge, finds the wireless radio he has been searching for in the hut Peter Marlowe shares with a number of other officers. For those who survived those camps, they were never the same, and in this book Clavell jamds a little piece of Changi with us.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. 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.

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The King jjames Marlowe that they will be going to the village the next night. He’s too much fun not to read. Clavell, a 6′ tall man, weighed 98 lbs when released from Changi, likely a bit more than half what he should have weighed.

Share your thoughts with other customers. As news of jakes war’s end reaches the camp, the King’s incredible network of power crumbles and his future looks grim.