King Rat

Kobo ebook | November 19, 2008

byJames Clavell

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The time is World War II. The place is a brutal prison camp deep in Japanese-occupied territory. Here, within the seething mass of humanity, one man, an American corporal, seeks dominance over both captives and captors alike. His weapons are human courage, unblinking understanding of human weaknesses, and total willingness to exploit every opportunity to enlarge his power and corrupt or destroy anyone who stands in his path.


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The time is World War II. The place is a brutal prison camp deep in Japanese-occupied territory. Here, within the seething mass of humanity, one man, an American corporal, seeks dominance over both captives and captors alike. His weapons are human courage, unblinking understanding of human weaknesses, and total willingness to exploit e...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 19, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307486761

ISBN - 13:9780307486769

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long Live The King! Bought this on recommendation from my co-worker. He thought I might like it, and he was absolutely right. I loved this book. The whole book isn't about trying to escape, like most of the genre. This one's about adapting to certain circumstances. The main character, the King, does this better than anyone else. He is not royalty, but he is much more well off than anyone in the whole camp. Hence his nickname. He passes off his wealth as legitimate, but in reality he's breaking several camp laws that could have very steep consequences. There are a few officers who'd like to catch him, but none more than Grey, a straight laced officer who has made it his life's mission to bring down the King. Will the King fall into the hands of the law, or will he live out his days in wealth and success? Perhaps neither. P.S: The ending will get you every time.
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honour, jealousy and profit in a POW camp This is probably the most balanced exploration of profit motives and the human capacity for enterprise that I've read yet. The titular King uses every bit of cunning and intellect he has to make his stay in the POW camp of Changi as comfortable as possible, and of course the people who weren't clever enough to think of it first hate him for it. He introduces an Englishman to what he calls the American way of enterprise, and the Englishman actually grapples with guilt over the means by which he earns his profits; and it actually does seem to be justified, as not all of the King's business dealings are exactly on the up-and-up.
Date published: 2015-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A story of morals, and paradox James Clavell's mind does it again with the story of King Rat. It is a book that yet tedious and unprogressive at times, will leave you breahless. A story of a man who was a 'no-body' back in his own life, strives to become a King within a new atmosphere of danger and torture. A story of morals which will have you ask yourself if, "you would of done the same thing if his shoes". An everending character plot with two to three main characters which shuffle back and forth throughout the story. A great read for anyone, a must read for those who love James Clavell.
Date published: 2007-01-24