The Narrow Road To The Deep North It's common to depict war as a simple conflict between good guys and bad guys, but the most compelling parts of Flanagan's novel — about… 2014-08-12 Fiction War Knopf
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The Narrow Road To The Deep North (2014)

THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH Richard Flanagan
THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH Richard Flanagan

Details Release Date: Aug 12, 2014; Writer: Richard Flanagan; Genres: Fiction, War; Publisher: Knopf

It's common to depict war as a simple conflict between good guys and bad guys, but the most compelling parts of Flanagan's novel — about Australian soldiers in a Japanese POW camp during WWII — are from the Japanese characters' perspectives. He shows them not only during wartime but also beforehand, when loved ones are left behind, and after, when both victory and loss are rendered hollow and meaningless in civilian life. B+

Originally posted Aug 13, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
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