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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.
Published: Simon & Schuster on Mar 19, 2013
ISBN: 9781476737539
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A very moving and, in places, quite horribly graphic fictionalised account of the author's childhood privations in an internment camp outside Shanghai. The three dimensional descriptions show how deeply the author is drawing on his own experiences - no-one who had not gone through all this could describe it so vividly. In places the author enters an almost dreamlike state in his writing. He becomes the perpetual prisoner who actually comes to welcome the security of his prison walls as representing almost the only home he knows - a particular haunting tragedy for one so young.read more
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An autobiographical account of Ballard's childhood years spent during the Japanese occupation in Shanghai during World War II, Empire of the Sun is an effective and evocative tale of survival. The setting and the historical context, and the way which the two are described in a beautiful, tragic story, should fascinate students. The book can be taught with assistance from Spielberg's wonderful film adaptation.Note: contains some graphic violence.read more
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A very moving and, in places, quite horribly graphic fictionalised account of the author's childhood privations in an internment camp outside Shanghai. The three dimensional descriptions show how deeply the author is drawing on his own experiences - no-one who had not gone through all this could describe it so vividly. In places the author enters an almost dreamlike state in his writing. He becomes the perpetual prisoner who actually comes to welcome the security of his prison walls as representing almost the only home he knows - a particular haunting tragedy for one so young.
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An autobiographical account of Ballard's childhood years spent during the Japanese occupation in Shanghai during World War II, Empire of the Sun is an effective and evocative tale of survival. The setting and the historical context, and the way which the two are described in a beautiful, tragic story, should fascinate students. The book can be taught with assistance from Spielberg's wonderful film adaptation.Note: contains some graphic violence.
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Very good, very disturbing . . . a view of war without the gloss and/or propaganda. I'm not sure how much of this is Ballard's direct experience, but it could explain a lot of his other writing
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I failed to get as much out of this one as others have. It is a good tale of survival and highlights the experience of those Western expats who found themselves in the path of the Japanese onslaught, but it didn't provide me the insight into Shanghai itself that I was hoping for. I'll blame this on my own bias, since having been an expat in Shanghai, I was looking for something that was as fascinating as Georges Spunt's extraordinary account of his youth in Shanghai, A Place in Time.
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I give this one 3.5 stars but alas because no half stars are allowed 4 stars it is.

Jim is suddenly separated from his parents during WWII in China. Young Jim is then forced to survive the horrors of war on his own. Without any adults willing to help him and because of his European descent Jim is sent off to a Japanese concentration camp until the end of the war.

This book was a bit hard for me to read because it is written through the eyes of a young child experiencing some really difficult situations. He gets taken advantage of many times due to his innocence but it is his innocence that really helps him get through such tough situations. Although I admittedly did not enjoy every aspect of the book it left me with some great images and really got me thinking about the repercussions of war especially on the psyche of young children.
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