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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

by Richard Flanagan

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

The Narrow Road to the Deep North Synopsis

Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014.

 Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese Pow camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Hailed as a masterpiece, Richard Flanagan's epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man's reckoning with the truth.


One of our Books of the Year 2014.

The Good Book Guide Review

Dorrigo Evans is a victim of his times. A backwoods boy from Tas-mania, he wins an academic scholarship that sets him on a course to becoming a provincial surgeon in mainland Australia and the middle class life, and wife, that goes with it. However, propinquity finds him having an affair with his uncle’s wife, and the Second World War puts him on the Burma Railroad looking after the prisoners who are being used as slave labour on an engineering project that would prove the superiority of the Japanese over the British, who deemed such as project impossible. Evans confronts the cruel Colonel Kota on behalf of his men and somehow survives the war to become an unwitting war hero. Flanagan has written a remarkable book that brings home the barbarism and brutality of warfare, but also the betrayal that beckons us all.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North Press Reviews

'Some years, very good books win the Man Booker Prize but this year a masterpiece has won it' A.C. Grayling, Chair of Judges, Man Booker Prize 2014


'Flanagan is a fine writer and through the voices of a broad cast of characters, he takes us deep into the secret heat of the war... In less capable hands these scenes might be mawkish; Flanagan imbues them with extraordinary power... A novel of extraordinary power, deftly told and hugely affecting. A classic in the making... Masterful' -- Alex Preston The Observer


'Elegantly wrought, measured and without an ounce of melodrama, Flanagan's novel is nothing short of a masterpiece' Financial Times


'The poetry in this novel isn't just by Japanese poets. It is in the prose: strong, muscular, rhythmic, sometimes biblical in its resonances, and charged with a hypnotic power... devastatingly beautiful' -- Christina Patterson The Sunday Times


'Nothing could have prepared us for this immense achievement... The Narrow Road to the Deep North is beyond comparison... Intensely moving' The Australian

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ISBN: 9780099593584
Publication date: 26/03/2015
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780701189051
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099593584
Publication date: 26th March 2015
Author: Richard Flanagan
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Richard Flanagan

Born in Tasmania in 1961, Richard Flanagan is one of Australia's leading novelists. His novels, Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize), The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting have received numerous honours and been published in 26 countries. His father, who died the day Flanagan finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North, was a survivor of the Burma Death Railway.

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