Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

By J. G. Ballard

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743265232, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 2005

"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.

About the Author
J.G. Ballard was born in Shanghai in 1930 and lived in England from 1946 until his death in London in 2009. He is the author of nineteen novels, including "Empire of the Sun", "The Drought", and "Crash", with many of them made into major films.

Praise For Empire of the Sun

"An outstanding novel...a classic adventure story."
-- The New York Times

"A profound and moving work of the imagination."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"An incredible literary achievement....Brilliant."
-- Anthony Burgess