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Empire of the Sun

Narrated by: Samuel West
Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
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The heartrending story of a British boy's four-year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War.

Based on J. G. Ballard's own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy's life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai - a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches.

It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint. Rooted as it is in the author's own disturbing experience of war in own time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the twentieth century will be not only remembered but judged.

©2008 J G Ballard (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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9.5/10 would read again

Its very decent it keeps you engaged the whole time, good story/story telling. It feels like your there at times as well so overall pretty good