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Empire of the Sun | [J. G. Ballard]

Empire of the Sun

Shanghai, 1941 -- a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world.
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Publisher's Summary

Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.

Shanghai, 1941 -- a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world.

Ballard's enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, and starvation and survival is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint.

©1987 J. G. Ballard (P)1987 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"An outstanding novel...a classic adventure story." (The New York Times)
"A profound and moving work of the imagination." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"An incredible literary achievement....Brilliant." (Anthony Burgess)

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    "empire of the sun"

    Only giving it 4/5 because it's abridged. Why do they do this?
    This is one that you will listen to a couple of times. Well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 09-02-11
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    I will admit, I bought this book just because Jeremy Irons was narrating. He doesn't disappoint, but as well as being treated to hours of Jeremy Irons I found a fantastic little story about how war looks through the eyes of a child. It's an incredible look into how adaptable children are, and how quickly something that would leave an adult quaking can become just another every day thing. It's scary, but leaves you with a lot to think about.

    Great story, I'm very glad I downloaded this.

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    John S MA 06-12-14
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    "Abridged version kind of ruins it."

    I love this book and found the abridged version sort of disappointing. I wish there was an unabridged one. The narration by Jeremy Irons is great though. Consequently I would recommended reading the book rather that listening to abridged version. I added it to my library because it was inexpensive and I had a $10 credit. Wish I had not.

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