The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan

Posted: December 15, 2013 in general fiction, Review

the narrow road to the deep northDorrigo Evans is an Australian army doctor who was a POW used to build the Thailand to Burma railroad.  The book follows his forbidden love affair with his uncle’s wife and his journey through the years till he ended up at the camp.  Details of life in the camp and the struggle to survive, but also the thought processes of the Japanese soldiers are explored.  The lives of inmates and guards after the war are also explored.

This is not a book to read for enjoyment, it is heavy and makes you think.  Some scenes are very graphic and hard to read, though the violence is a necessary part of the story.  The story jumped from present to past with multiple points of view, which would have been a lot either to follow with dates or names before each.  It was interesting to see how lives turned out after the war and gave a bit of closure to the book instead of being left hanging.  The ending was well written and true to the story.

Vintage Books

Supplied by Random house New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

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