Empire of the Sun
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 279
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, World War II
Hmm, three or four stars? This was good, but I don't think I'll read it again. On the other hand, that particular feeling does not say that this was a mediocre book. But that personal gut reaction is what I tend to use for star ratings - four stars means I would like to or wouldn't mind reading it a...
for decades Ballard made his name with surrealistic, apocalyptic science fiction, supporting his widower's family, to culminate in the hypnotic 'Crash,' but perhaps never achieving true mainstream attention until 'Empire of the Sun,' a memoir about three years in Shanghai internment center under the...
Startling & moving. Also rather stunned that it's semi-autobiographical. Will write more detailed review once I have had time to digest.
Author J.G. Ballard was a British schoolboy living in Shanghai during WWII. He was placed with his family in a Japanese civilian prison camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His novel, Empire of the Sun is based on his experiences. The book is told through the eyes of British schoolboy Jim and ...
This is one of those awesome books that, besides having a great plot and complex main characters, have dozens of side stories to tell on every page. It just makes my head spin to think of all those lives..