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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Empire of the Sun (1984) by J.G. Ballard

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Christian Bale played the lead role in the movie of Empire of the Sun, the 1984 novel by J.G. Ballard.
Book Review
Empire of the Sun (1984)
by J.G. Ballard

  Empire of the Sun is a fictionalized version of Ballard's actual experience in World War II, as a child separated from his parents at the beginning of World War II in China.  Captured by the Japanese, he is confined to a prison camp outside of Shanghai where he probably had the mildest experience of being interned in a Japanese prison camp of anyone.   He probably benefited from being close to Shanghai. If you read other depictions of life in a World War II Japanese prison camp, like say, the ones in A Town Like Alice,  the camp in Empire of the Sun sounds like a summer camp.

  There is no doubt that Empire of the Sun is a ripping yarn and a compelling narrative.  It's hard to say much more than that.

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