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!