The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Cover art for The Narrow Road to the Deep North

by Richard Flanagan

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf; First Edition (August 12, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0385352857

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

Moving deftly from the POW camp to contemporary Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo and his comrades to those of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of love, death, and family, exploring the many forms of good and evil, war and truth, guilt and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

“Daring … Captivating … Often unbearably powerful … The Narrow Road to the Deep North [will draw you] into dark contemplation the way only the most extraordinary books can. Nothing since Cormac McCarthy’s The Road has shaken me like this … This is a classic work of war fiction from a world-class writer … [There is] a series of blistering episodes you will never get out of your mind … The prose is as haunting and evocative as the haiku by 17th-century Japanese poet Basho that gives this novel its title. No other author draws us into ‘the strange, terrible neverendingness of human beings’ the way Flanagan does.” —Ron Charles, Washington Post


About the author

Born in Tasmania in 1961, Richard Flanagan is one of Australia’s leading novelists. His novels, Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand ClappingGould’s Book of Fish (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize), The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting have received numerous honors and been published in 26 countries. His father, who died the day Flanagan finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North, was a survivor of the Burma Death Railway.

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