Winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize, Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Knopf, $26.95) is a war novel of intense suffering and courage and an ill-fated love story, showcasing a most remarkable, enigmatic, and unforgettable hero. At the heart of this magnificent tale of Australian prisoners of war in World War II is Tasmanian surgeon Dorrigo Evans, a quietly competent officer thrust into leading his fellow soldiers as they’re pressed into slave labor building the Thai-Burma railway. Their Japanese captors, who believe that surrender dishonors a soldier, treat the prisoners with extreme cruelty, indifferent to their fatigue, disease, and death. After the war, Evans remains in the service to help bring Japanese war criminals to justice. The power of Flanagan’s story lies in his characterization of Evans, a hero in the eyes of his countrymen, but far too complex an individual to conform to any stereotype.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 12th, 2014
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015