Book Details


Format

Paperback (b Format)

Author

J G Ballard

Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Publication date

20th February 2006

ISBN

9780007221523

Please note:

Adobe Reader is required to view extracts - click below to get the latest version,
get acrobat reader
Click here to tell your school about Lovereading 4schools Recommend this website to a friend 
Search
School name or postcode:

Schools Loginparents Login
FAQ

FAQ

Empire of the Sun

J G Ballard


Lovereading - -Year 9 (age 13-14)

More books from this list

Book 22 of 47.
View the next book in this list
View the next book in this list

Download Extract  

The Lovereading comment

The heartrending story of a British boy's four-year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Based on J. G. Ballard's own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy's life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai - a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint. Rooted as it is in the author's own disturbing experience of war in own time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the twentieth century will be not only remembered but judged.

Synopsis

Empire of the Sun by J G Ballard

The heartrending story of a British boy's four-year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Based on J. G. Ballard's own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy's life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai - a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint. Rooted as it is in the author's own disturbing experience of war in own time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the twentieth century will be not only remembered but judged.


About The Author

James Graham Ballard (born November 15, 1930 in Shanghai; died April 2010) was a British writer. He was a prominent member of the New Wave in science fiction. His most well-known books are the controversial Crash, and the autobiographical novel Empire of the Sun, both of which have been filmed.The adjective "Ballardian", defined as "resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in JG Ballard's novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments", has been included in the Collins English Dictionary.


To search for more books by J G Ballard on Lovereading - click here