Empire of the Sun

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 19, 2013 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - thebookmagpie - LibraryThing

At first I was just perplexed by this semi-autobiographical novel. I couldn't pick up on what the author was driving at, and why he had chosen to write this novel, especially from that perspective ... Read full review

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

I read this as a tween, and mostly what I remember is that everyone was starving and there was a scene involving pus. ::shudder:: Undoubtedly a well-written and insightful novel, but all I took away from it was the horror. Read full review

Contents

BEGGARS AND ACROBATS
11
THE ABANDONED AERODROME
17
THE ATTACK ON THE PETREL
25
ESCAPE FROM THE HOSPITAL
34
THE YOUTH WITH THE KNIFE
39
THE DRAINED SWIMMING POOL
45
PICNIC TIME
53
AN END TO KINDNESS
59
A LANDSCAPE OF AIRFIELDS
105
VAGRANTS
113
THE RUNWAY
120
THE CUBICLE
134
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIFE
139
THE AIR RAID
146
THE HOSPITAL
153
THE CEMETERY GARDEN
159

THE STRANDED FREIGHTER
63
FRANK AND BASIE
69
DANCE MUSIC
75
THE OPENAIR CINEMA
81
AMERICAN AIRCRAFT
87
ON THE WAY TO THE CAMPS
92
THE WATER RATION
96
THE LUNGHUA SOPHOMORES
167
THE EXECUTION
174
AN ESCAPE
180
THE MARCH TO NANTAO
189
THE OLYMPIC STADIUM
198
THE EMPIRE OF THE SUN
205
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About the author (2013)

J.G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Concrete Island, The Kindness of Women, and Crash. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. He lives in England.

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