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The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Book Review

This is a harrowing account of the experience of POWs in Burma during the second world war.  The story is complex and multi-faceted giving a good perspective from those interred and working on “The Line” and from the guards both Japanese and Korean.

The lead character is an Australian, Dorrigo Evans and you follow his struggle after the war along with reflections on his experience in Burma.  The descriptions can be shocking but they are not gratuitous and the writing is unbelievably powerful.  Integrated with that is his complex personal situation and the book delivers some clever twists right up to the end.

Written by Richard Flanagan this is a worthy winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize!



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