Based on J. G. Ballard’s own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy’s life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai – a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.
Rooted as it is in the author’s own disturbing experience of war in our time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the twentieth century will be not only remembered but judged.
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‘Remarkable…form, content and style fuse with complete success…one of the great war novels of the 20th century.’ William Boyd
‘Gripping and remarkable…I have never read a novel which gave me a stronger sense of the blind helplessness of war…unforgettable.’ Observer
‘Ranks with the greatest British writing on the Second World War.’ The Times
‘A brilliant fusion of history, autobiography and imaginative speculation. An incredible literary achievement and almost intolerably moving.’ Anthony BurgessFrom the Back Cover:
“May well be that great British novel about the last war for which we’ve had to wait forty-odd years. Significantly enough, there are no heroics – scarcely any combatants, in fact. Only a British schoolboy lost in Shanghai when the Japanese invade, a vast company of the doomed, Shanghai itself and, in the background, history working itself out. An extraordinary achievement.”
“A remarkable journey into the mind of a growing boy … horror and humanity are blended into a unique and unforgettable fiction.”
“An immensely powerful novel – in a class of its own for sheer imaginative force.”
“Remarkable … form, content and style fuse with complete success … one of the great war novels of the 20th century.”
“An extraordinary addition to our modern literature of war. Indeed, if there is still room for a masterpiece about the Second World War, then this is it.”
ROBERT NYE, 'Guardian'
“Explores a world light-years away from that of conventional war fiction.”
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
“Gripping and remarkable … I have never read a novel which gave me a stronger sense of the blind helplessness of war … unforgettable.”
“Ranks with the greatest British writing on the Second World War.”
“A brilliant fusion of history, autobiography and imaginative speculation. An incredible literary achievement and almost intolerably moving.”
Winner of the 'Guardian' fiction prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
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Book Description Flamingo. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0006547001. Bookseller Inventory # 9780006547006
Book Description Flamingo/Harper Collins 199, London. New. Book Condition: New. "Best British novel about the Second World War" based on Ballard`s own experience as boy during WW2 in Shanghai and internment camp1941-45. Soft Covers. Bookseller Inventory # 002134
Book Description Flamingo, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006547001