From the winner of Australia's National Fiction Prize, author of the hugely acclaimed Gould's Book of Fish, comes a magisterial, Rashomon-like novel of love and war that traces the life of one man from World War II to the present. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings-until he receives a letter that will change him forever. Moving deftly from the POW camp to contemporary Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo and his comrades to those of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of death, love, and family, exploring the many forms of good and evil, war and truth, guilt and transcendence, as one man comes of age and prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.
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by Richard Flanagan
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"Narrator David AtlasOs performance is true to the tone and spirit of FlanaganOs account of Australian WWII POWsO building of the railway between Thailand and Burma. ItOs a story of bravery, mateship, starvation, disease, abject misery, and death. Atlas perfectly captures the Australian character as well as conveying the stomach-churning horror of the death camps. This makes for mighty uncomfortable listening at times when steeling the nerves becomes necessary. Dorrigo Evans, officer and doctor at the camp, is praised for his courage during the war despite feeling undeserving of the accolades. Dorrigo is obsessed by the affair he had with his uncleOs wife before the war. ItOs a pulpy and cheesy romance that dusnOt feel worthy of such an important story, but Atlas dus his best to give it some dignity. A.B. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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