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    Garbage

    This book is unreadable. The fact it won the Man Booker prize in 2014 is a palpable indictment of the literati who decide such things.
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    Poorly written fiction

    Could not get past the first 50 pages. Knew people who came from Tasmania, were in Changi goal and actually worked as prisoners helping the sick on the Burma railway. No one of their age and upbringing used foul language. It is fiction, with fictitious characters in a historical setting. The story is a disrespect to the survivors. More than that it is poorly written flip-flopping through time and place. Descriptions of scenes are poor. It was no surprise to learn after I gave up reading it to learn that the author was a socialist who appears to dislike business leaders and free enterprise.
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    Mrs

    Wonderful, but gruelling story!
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    The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    Beautiful and terrible. Brilliant. Everyone should read this.
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    The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    Describes the terrible treatment by Japanese of POWs on the Siam-Burma railway. Adversity deepens friendships. To lose such mates goes deep too. How do survivors deal with the memories? How does the love of lovers survive? What is love? How did the Japanese perpetrators survive? (I never realized what it was like for them.) What is death? Deep things require deep poetry. That is here too including haiku.
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