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The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Reviewed by- Andrea (2016/05/01, 07:28 AM)
As the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, I'd heard good things about this book and decided to listen to it on Audio. I would have preferred reading it rather than listening to it because it's descriptive and you need to pay close attention to get the full impact of the story. With that said, the beginning of the book is slow and challenging to get through, but once I was a few chapters in, I had to finish it. It's a compelling story based on the building of the Burma Death Railway in 1943 by a group of Australian soldiers who were Japanese POW's. The author’s father was one of the POW’s in the camp. Dorrigo Evans is the complicated protagonist. He's a flawed man with many demons, which the author skillfully reveals throughout the story. As a surgeon, Evans, has the insurmountable task of protecting and caring for the POW’s in deplorable conditions. At times, it was hard to listen to because of the vivid descriptions of the brutality put upon the soldiers by their twisted captors. The torment these men were forced to endure was unbearable. There is much to talk about and examine in this book. It stays with you for quite a while, and I couldn't stop thinking about it after it ended.Back.

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