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Book of the Week: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan


By
Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager | simon@thereadingroom.com

Recently longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a novel about the cruelty of war, the tenuousness of life, and the impossibility of love. It’s finally available in North America on August 12, 2014.

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.

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“Brutal, passionate, inspiring, remarkable, emotional and complex; a love story, a story of relationships, a story of war, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is all these things and more. Flanagan’s writing is poetic, is humbling, is revealing and is at times horrifyingly realistic, cruel and brutal and overwhelming and I have never felt so many contradicting emotions reading a book!”  – Reading Writing and Riesling

“This is simply an unforgettable book: poetic, but at the same time savage; despairing; and yet so hopeful – the kind of story that will make you realize all the highs and lows that humans are capable of – I loved every word of it.” – AnnaOG