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Empire of the Sun (1984)

de 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. 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.… (mais)
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    That Eye, the Sky de Tim Winton (lucyknows)
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    Children of Hiroshima de Arata Osada (bertilak)
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Not sure what to make of this, this being my first experience with JG Ballard. He's clearly got a lot going on, but his style seems so flat and boring that this often was a chore to read. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
A very impressive read, like many books about prison camps, WWII and children/young adults. How to survive without parents, how easily the mind forgets faces, how war changes each and everyone it touches. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Nov 30, 2020 |

"The parachutes sailed past, falling toward Lunghua camp. Unsteadily, Jim tried to focus his eyes on the colored canopies. Two of the parachutes had collided, entangling their shrouds. A silver canister dragged its collapsed parachute and plummeted to the ground, striking a canal embankment two hundred yards away. Making a final effort, before he had to lie down for the last time among the derelict aircraft, Jim stepped through the sugarcane into the flooded paddy. He strode across the shallow water to a submerged bomb crater in the center of the field, then followed its ridge toward the canal. As he climbed the embankment, the last of the parachutes had fallen into the fields to the west of Lunghua Camp. The murmur of the B-29's engines faded over the Yangtze. Jim approached the scarlet canopy, large enough to cover a house, which lay across the embankment. He gazed at the lustrous material, more luxurious than any fabric he had ever seen, at the immaculate stitching and seams, at the white cords that trailed into the culvert beside the canal. The canister had burst on impact. Jim lowered himself down the slope of sunbaked earth and squatted by the open mouth of the cylinder. Around him, on the floor of the culvert, was a ransom of canned food and cigarette packets. The canister was crammed with cardboard cartons, and one had broken loose from the nose cone and scattered its contents over the ground. Jim crawled among the cans, wiping his eyes so that he could read the labels. There were tins of Spam, Klim and Nescafe, bars of chocolate and cellophaned packs of Lucky Strike and Chesterfield cigarettes, bundles of Reader's Digest and Life magazines, Time and Saturday Evening Post. The sight of so much food confused Jim, forcing on him a notion of choice that he had not known for years. The cans and packets were frozen, as if they had just emerged from an American refrigerator. He began to fill the broken box with canned meat, powdered milk, chocolate bars and a bundle of Reader's Digests. Then, thinking ahead for the first time in several days, he added a carton of Chesterfield cigarettes. When he climbed from the culvert, the scarlet canopy of the parachute was billowing gently in the air that moved along the canal. Holding the cold treasure to his chest, Jim left the embankment and waded across the paddy field. He was following the ridge of the bomb crater toward the perimeter of the airfield when he heard the leisurely drumming of a B-29's engines. Jim stopped to search for the plane, already wondering how he could cope with all this treasure falling from the sky. Almost at once, a rifle shot rang out. A hundred yards away, separated from Jim by the open paddy, a Japanese soldier was running along the embankment of the canal. Barefooted, in his ragged uniform, he raced past the parachute canopy, leaped down the weed-covered slope and sprinted across the paddy field. Lost in the spray kicked up by his frantic heels, he disappeared among the grave mounds and clumps of sugarcane." ( )
  runningbeardbooks | Sep 29, 2020 |
I debated with myself whether this was a memoir or historical fiction -- Ballard's foreword clear states that the book is based on his memories of his experiences from 1941-1945 in Shanghai & Lunghao internment camp but on the opposing page is the now traditional caveat "This is a work of fiction... any resemblance to actual places or people is unintentional..."

I found that I had a hard time relating to Jim. I liked the way that at times, his beliefs are touchingly childish and at others, those of a hard-hearted adult but I never fully connected to him. ( )
  leslie.98 | Aug 13, 2020 |
Jim's silver lining
war is a grand adventure
just go a bit nuts. ( )
1 vote Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
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Ballard, J.G.autor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Bouman, HansTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Doyle, PatArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ligtenberg, LucasTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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. 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.

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