Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

A Novel

Book - 2005
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The classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg's film, tells of a young boy's struggle to survive World War II in China.

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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2005.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster paperbacks ed.
ISBN: 9780743265232
0743265238
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ballard J.G.
Characteristics: 279 p. ;,22 cm.

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SPL_Robyn Mar 17, 2017

Blind Date 2017 comment: "Detailed and real. 3rd person narrative was awkward at first but the story is an intense insight into the war. Amazing the child's view of the internment camp as 'home' and war as 'normal' is a fascinating perspective."

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RichardPaul
Feb 11, 2012

Empire of the Sun ---- J. G. Ballard c - 2005 ---- A World War II story and a good read ---- hard to put down ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul

Amandatoryrant Jun 28, 2011

I found this unreadable. Something about the language made me not care one bit for the characters.

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TheSponge
Mar 14, 2011

Empire of the Sun is one of the greatest books about war written by a British author. Yet there are no battles, no combatants, no heroes and ultimately, no real villains. It is just the story of one little boy named Jim. This little boy, lives with his parents in pre-war Shanghai. His is a rich, indulged life. When war finally breaks out, Jim is separated from his parents in the mad panic, violence and the crush. For a while, he roams Shanghai, foraging for food among the once rich, now deserted houses of the International Settlement. But after a while, the inevitable happens, and he is interned at Lunghua Camp, where he spends the rest of the war. The author, Jim Ballard is not for everyone. People either love this book or they hate it.

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