The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan


Flanagan’s novel tells of Dorrigo Evans’, an Australian doctor’s, life during the present and during WWII, when he had an affair with his uncle’s wife before becoming a Japanese POW. Haters of the this book criticize the elaborate writing. I loved it because it feels very fitting for Evans. He immerses himself in the classics; he distracts himself with language. Plus the writing is most often beautiful, even when describing horrible atrocities. I will never forget the operation scene from the camp. Never. Before this book, I didn’t know much about the Allied forces that became Japanese POW. This book educated me, often viscerally.

Gwenamon says: Yes!


About gwenamon

bookworm, confidante, creative director, cyclist, global wanderer, music lover, shutterbug, shoe shopper, snowboarder, writer, yoga geek. i'm also a very proud mama of a lil mister named james.
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