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The narrow road to the deep north (2014 original; edició 2014)

de Richard Flanagan

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"A novel of love and war that traces the life of one man--an Australian surgeon--from a prisoner-of-war camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway during World War II, up to the present"--
Membre:StammChris
Títol:The narrow road to the deep north
Autors:Richard Flanagan
Informació:North Sydney, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2014.
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The Narrow Road to the Deep North de Richard Flanagan (2014)

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How to find words dark enough to describe a book like this? Harrowing and blood-curdling feel like clichés. The Narrow Road to the Deep North is the tragic -- and new to me -- story of the soldiers who slaved in forced labor camps for the Japanese during World War II.

Much like their Jewish counterparts in Europe, these thousands of men, mostly Australian, were fed the absolute minimum, denied basic sanitation or medical care, and worked to death in the cholera-infested jungles of what would become Thailand. The stories of the beatings and vivisections are heartbreaking; this is not a book for the faint of heart.

But it is an honest and sobering exploration of war and what it does. Some of the characters whitewash their memories; for others, the war becomes the only memory. One of the Japanese officers turns his life around. Some are punished for war crimes, some escape. The world moves on.

“…the world organises its affairs so that civilisation every day commits crimes for which any individual would be imprisoned for life…You are never free of the world; to share life is to share guilt.”

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  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
A beautifully written, shocking, raw novel about an Australian POW in a Japanese camp who is haunted by the war and a long-ago love affair. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
I struggled with this novel for a few reasons. If you aren't attracted to or can't connect with any of the characters, can a story really be great for you? For me the answer is no. The character doesn't have to be someone I like. In fact, I can detest the character and still be drawn to her or him. There were no characters in this novel for whom I felt much. The story centered on Dorrigo Evans. The men in the Japanese POW camp where Dorrigo is the surgeon and commanding officer have great respect for Dorrigo and forgive him for even the most difficult choices he must make. This would seem to be a man that I as a reader would respect and admire, but I don't feel that for Dorrigo. Other characters in the novel are minor in comparison, but still do not generate any strong feelings in me.

I have also come to realize that I dislike novels where every detail of the story is told and retold and assessed and reassessed. I find myself exhausted by this approach and ultimately bored. Unfortunately, I seem to be running into this writing style quite frequently.

I found the overall story very good, the writing itself was enjoyable and I even found the construction of the novel interesting. So despite the negatives, I enjoyed the experience. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
Un très fort et puissant roman, aux temps séparés et connexes. ( )
  Nikoz | Oct 17, 2020 |
The Narrow Road to the Deep North An interesting story about a legend in his own lifetime that fails to get it, a man who is hailed as having saved lives but can only remember the ones he failed to save. A hero who is not brave. A man of great depth who cannot feel anything worthwhile. A great family man who betrays his wife - constantly.
 
A heart wrenching story of torture that is sanctioned from on high, perversity that accords with the universe and failure that destiny decrees shall be continually punished.
 
There is nothing simple here unless you come purely to judge. There are many subtle undercurrents here, one I  caught was about haiku poetry, a thread from the Japanese soldiers. 
 
The title is also the name of a book by Basho written in the 17th century.
 
No surprise then to find that one chapter ends with these words:

"Of Imperial dreams and dead men all that remained was long grass”
 
Compare that to the words of Basho:

 
Ah, summer grasses! 
All that remains 
Of the warriors dreams.
 
The sheer beauty of all that horror wrought on mens lives. Great book.

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  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
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This novel would have been far more powerful and coherent if Amy were excised from the story. It is the story of Dorrigo, as one man among many P.O.W.’s in the Asian jungle, that is the beating heart of this book: an excruciating, terrifying, life-altering story that is an indelible fictional testament to the prisoners there. Taken by themselves, these chapters create a slim, compelling story: Odysseus’s perseverance through a bloody war and his return home at last to Penelope (in this case, Ella) and his efforts, like his fellow soldiers’, to see if he can put the horrors and suffering of war in the rearview mirror, and somehow construct a fulfilling Act II to a broken life.
afegit per ozzer | editaNew York Times, MICHIKO KAKUTANI (Aug 17, 2014)
 

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Mother, they write poems.

    Paul Celan
A bee
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But sometimes things are said and they're not just words. They are everything that one person thinks of another in a sentence. Just one sentence. . . . . .There are words and words and none mean anything. And then one sentence means everything.
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