The Narrow Road To The Deep North

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A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

 
The Narrow Road To The Deep North, Richard Flanagan

A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

'The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution. It's by far the best new novel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGarth

'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: 'My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.' Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' - Geordie Williamson, The Australian

‘A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' - Michael Williams, The Guardian

Awards

2014 Independant Booksellers Award

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  • Trade Paperback
    $32.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781741666700
    Published: 23/09/2013
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 480 pages
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    ISBN: 9780857980366
    Published: 03/11/2014
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 480 pages
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"Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: “My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.” Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all." - Geordie Williamson, The Australian

"A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement." - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

"Profound . . . It’s not just the big characters, but also the minor ones who strike their perfect notes." - Herald Sun (Melbourne)

"It is a huge novel, ambitious, driven, multi-stranded . . . The novel's fictional characters, Australian and Japanese, shimmer with life; they are familiar yet finally unknowable, compromised, betrayed, fallible and credible . . . A grand, paradoxical dance that is both macabre and life affirming." - Morag Fraser, The Sydney Morning Herald

"A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career." - Michael Williams, The Guardian

"Despite the novel’s epic sprawl it retains the delicate vignettes that characterise Flanagan’s work, those beautiful brush strokes of poignancy and veracity that remain in the reader’s mind long afterwards." - The West Australian

"The luminous imagination of Richard Flanagan is among the most precious of Australian literary treasures." - Michael Byrne, Newcastle Herald

"Flanagan moves seamlessly back and forth through time, interweaving an intimate pre-war love affair that brings a beautiful depth and tension into the book." - Good Reading

"Richard Flanagan is an extraordinary writer and this sixth novel is a masterpiece." - Australian Women’s Weekly

"Flanagan juxtaposes horror and love in a contrast that is so stark it can leave a reader breathless . . . The Narrow Road to the Deep North shows Flanagan at his best." - Romy Ash, The Guardian

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Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. His novels, Death Of A River Guide, The Sound Of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book Of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting have received numerous honours and are published in twenty-six countries. He directed a feature film version of The Sound Of One Hand Clapping. A collection of his essays is published as And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?. His most recent novel, The Narrow Road To The Deep North, was published in 2013 to great acclaim.

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