outbursts, and acts of pointless compassion and reckless surgery, it did no good.". Flanagan, a Tasmanian, wrote the book in tribute to his late father, who survived the horrors of The Line. By his middle years he is a national figure his own face staring back at him "from charity letterheads to memorial coins". Guardian ) "Elegantly wrought, measured and without an ounce of melodrama, Flanagan's novel is nothing short of a masterpiece " financial Times ) "Considered by many to be the finest Australian novelist of his generation. In Flanagans unflinching telling, an Australian military surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, is the senior officer whose division is enduring this hell on Earth. He reports to Nakamura the number out of his original thousand still capable of work. A classic in the making. His Australian protagonist is a surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, who to his own amazement becomes legendary in postwar Australia for his wartime courage in the face of Japanese captors. He slips numbly into marriage with Ella, who has dutifully waited out the war for him. Flanagan's writing courses like a river, sometimes black with mud, sludge and corpses, sometimes bright with moonlight.
Death of a River Guide and, gould's Book of Fish, has a right to focus on the so-called Burma railway, built with forced labour by the Japanese in the second world war. One of the finest novels published in English this year " (Eileen Battersby, irish Times ) Werbetext A savagely beautiful novel about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that. He will later be fted for his heroism in saving lives through medical know-how and, as a colonel, seeking fair treatment from the Japanese officer in charge, Major Nakamura, himself addicted to methamphetamine to ease recurring malaria.
The stories of these casualties of fate catch at the soul " (Catherine Taylor, sunday Telegraph ) "Powerful, often brutal love story. The affair is somehow permissible because "the war pressed, the war deranged, the war undid, the war excused". Danger is omnipresent, even after combat recedes; nature careless and monumental in its rains, its bushfires. But, "three hundred and sixty-three was not the real number. The book Mr Flanagan was born to write " the Economist ) an absolutely almighty book and unfailingly beautifully written" (Neel Mukherjee) "An unforgettable story of men at war. Richard Flanagan, the Tasmanian writer acclaimed for such novels. Let me say, though, that his book ranges far in time and human fascination beyond that central and barbarous piece of engineering. He evokes Evans' affair with Amy, and his subsequent soulless wanderings, with an intensity and beauty that is as poetic as the classical Japanese literature that peppers this novel" (Melissa Katsoulis.
Flanagans writing courses like a river, sometimes black with mud, sludge and corpses, sometimes bright with moonlight. Grayling, Chair of Judges, Man Booker Prize 2014 ) "A novel of extraordinary power, deftly told and hugely affecting. To order, the Narrow Road to the Deep North for.49 with free UK p p call Guardian book service on or. Because, thought Dorrigo Evans, the real number was zero." His men are quintessential young Australians, all with names appropriate to Antipodean spaces Rooster MacNeice, Darky Gardiner, Sheephead Morton, Bonox Baker, Lizard Brancusi, Chum Fahey. "You still believe in God, Bonox?" Dorrigo asks one of his men. Though Dorrigo doubts the power of memory, after the war his memory pursues all the repatriated personnel of the camps, including Nakamura as he huddles in squalor in a ruined capital, evading a war crimes trial. Flanagan is too good to let. Their marriage is dutiful, doomed, yet perpetual, a "conspiracy of experience". Devastatingly beautiful " sunday Times ) "Utterly convincing. Pressestimmen some years, very good books win the Man Booker Prize but this year a masterpiece has won it ".C. Yet on the Line, "violence was eternal, the great and only verity, greater than the civilisations it created".