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Empire of the Sun
     

Empire of the Sun

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by J. G. Ballard
 

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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.

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An outstanding novel...a classic adventure story."
The New York Times

"A profound and moving work of the imagination."
Los Angeles Times Book Review

"An incredible literary achievement....Brilliant."
— Anthony Burgess

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743265232
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
144,973
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

J.G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Concrete Island, The Kindness of Women, and Crash. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. He lives in England.

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Empire of the Sun 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
This book actually deserves 3.5 stars.
Empire of the Sun is the true story of Jim, a British boy who survives WWII in occupied China by courage and a strong will to survive. He's separated from his parents at the start of the war and is left to his own resourcefulness to become a survivor. The story itself is an amazing firsthand account of war through the eyes of a child. Jim never lets himself slip into despondency or despair. He keeps his spirit alive by watching the air strikes in wonder and awe, by keeping a pet turtle in the internment camp, by reading over and over again the same Life and Reader's Digest magazines and by trying to befriend and help guards and prisoners alike. Empire of the Sun is a great story but I find the writing to be somewhat lacking. It's boring in parts and rather slow. If you can plod through, the book is worth reading when looked back on in it's entirety. People can gain something from seeing the survival of an 11 year old boy in the face of extreme adversity.
Vintage_Violet28 More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a school assignment, so at first at was worried that I wouldn't like but I loved it! It's a really good story. It gives a different view of World War II, a part that many people might not know about. And a plus is that it's told through a kids eyes and most war based books are not. If you like World War II, fighter planes, China, or Japan this book is a must!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was great!!!! I could hardly put it down...you must read this book!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was an amazing book. it truely shows the sorrow at times of war, and relating to the main character is both simple and priceless. Not a traditional war story, though, because you get put in a little boys' body and see his point of view, a story of survival and people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be grateful of this man a 32 year coreer in the U.S.Marine corps with 4 years of that survice as a japanese prisoner of war he died on january 2 1999 at 98 he was one of the last of the old corps he receved three navy crosses google his name and learn his story
Guest More than 1 year ago
Empire of the Sun is a well-written book. I think, it even touches you more, because it is a true story. J.G. Ballard is an excellent writer, and should get great praise for this story. I give Empire of the Sun, 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perspective from child very realistic
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