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Empire of the Sun (1984)

por J.G. Ballard

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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.… (mais)
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    The Kindness of Women por J. G. Ballard (Utilizador anónimo)
    Utilizador anónimo: The follow-up to Empire of the Sun.
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    The Way of a Boy: A Memoir of Java por Ernest Hillen (slickdpdx)
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    That Eye, the Sky por Tim Winton (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: Empire of the Sun can be paired with That Eye, the Sky by Tim Winton or Harper Lee's To kill a Mockingbird. In all three books the authors speak through the childhoods of their main characters.
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    Children of Hiroshima por Arata Osada (bertilak)
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I've had this book on my radar for a while. In part this is because I know the movie is meant to be excellent and also because it appears in my edition of the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. While I was dropping off some books at my local Oxfam book shop I spied a copy on the shelf, parted with £1 and it was mine. I thought that it may sit on the TBR pile for a while but it kept calling me from the bookcase so yesterday morning I decided to give it a go.

As someone who was educated in the UK I don't know a great deal about WWII in south east Asia as most of our history lessons about the war are about the politics and the European theatre of war. I do know a little about the old colonial history of Great Britain and while it helped a little with this book it certainly isn't a prerequisite. One of the things that really stands out with the book is that there are no real heroes in the traditional sense. There is very little focus on the combatants of war and the lines of friends and enemies become very blurred. Even though he is a child in a very difficult situation I couldn't help but question some of his decisions.

Knowing that parts of the book are borrowed from Ballard's own childhood makes the tale even more harrowing. Although this is a work of fiction, due to the size of the war the things in this book are likely to have happened to someone somewhere. There is certainly no glorification of war and no nation comes off well. People will do whatever necessary to survive at times of need, even if it involves pushing others aside. This is a basic truth of the human condition and it makes the human rare seem very uncaring when faced with our past.

I whizzed through this book in no time at all and I just couldn't put it down. It has been a while since a book has done this to me and I can see why it won awards and why it has stood the test of time. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 24, 2021 |
A retelling of firsthand experience as a child internee in Japanese occupied China during world war II. Shocking generally, but that said a tale of survival. At what cost one wonders? ( )
  TomMcGreevy | May 15, 2021 |
Not sure what to make of this, this being my first experience with JG Ballard. He's clearly got a lot going on, but his style seems so flat and boring that this often was a chore to read. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
A very impressive read, like many books about prison camps, WWII and children/young adults. How to survive without parents, how easily the mind forgets faces, how war changes each and everyone it touches. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Nov 30, 2020 |

"The parachutes sailed past, falling toward Lunghua camp. Unsteadily, Jim tried to focus his eyes on the colored canopies. Two of the parachutes had collided, entangling their shrouds. A silver canister dragged its collapsed parachute and plummeted to the ground, striking a canal embankment two hundred yards away. Making a final effort, before he had to lie down for the last time among the derelict aircraft, Jim stepped through the sugarcane into the flooded paddy. He strode across the shallow water to a submerged bomb crater in the center of the field, then followed its ridge toward the canal. As he climbed the embankment, the last of the parachutes had fallen into the fields to the west of Lunghua Camp. The murmur of the B-29's engines faded over the Yangtze. Jim approached the scarlet canopy, large enough to cover a house, which lay across the embankment. He gazed at the lustrous material, more luxurious than any fabric he had ever seen, at the immaculate stitching and seams, at the white cords that trailed into the culvert beside the canal. The canister had burst on impact. Jim lowered himself down the slope of sunbaked earth and squatted by the open mouth of the cylinder. Around him, on the floor of the culvert, was a ransom of canned food and cigarette packets. The canister was crammed with cardboard cartons, and one had broken loose from the nose cone and scattered its contents over the ground. Jim crawled among the cans, wiping his eyes so that he could read the labels. There were tins of Spam, Klim and Nescafe, bars of chocolate and cellophaned packs of Lucky Strike and Chesterfield cigarettes, bundles of Reader's Digest and Life magazines, Time and Saturday Evening Post. The sight of so much food confused Jim, forcing on him a notion of choice that he had not known for years. The cans and packets were frozen, as if they had just emerged from an American refrigerator. He began to fill the broken box with canned meat, powdered milk, chocolate bars and a bundle of Reader's Digests. Then, thinking ahead for the first time in several days, he added a carton of Chesterfield cigarettes. When he climbed from the culvert, the scarlet canopy of the parachute was billowing gently in the air that moved along the canal. Holding the cold treasure to his chest, Jim left the embankment and waded across the paddy field. He was following the ridge of the bomb crater toward the perimeter of the airfield when he heard the leisurely drumming of a B-29's engines. Jim stopped to search for the plane, already wondering how he could cope with all this treasure falling from the sky. Almost at once, a rifle shot rang out. A hundred yards away, separated from Jim by the open paddy, a Japanese soldier was running along the embankment of the canal. Barefooted, in his ragged uniform, he raced past the parachute canopy, leaped down the weed-covered slope and sprinted across the paddy field. Lost in the spray kicked up by his frantic heels, he disappeared among the grave mounds and clumps of sugarcane." ( )
  runningbeardbooks | Sep 29, 2020 |
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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.

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