The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Paperback)

By Richard Flanagan

Vintage, 9780804171472, 416pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2015

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize

"Nothing since Cormac McCarthy's The Road has shaken me like this." --The Washington Post

In The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan displays the gifts that have made him one of the most acclaimed writers of contemporary fiction. Moving deftly from a Japanese POW camp to present-day Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo Evans and his fellow prisoners to that of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.


About the Author

Richard Flanagan's five previous novels--Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting--have received numerous honors and are published in forty-two countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. He lives in Tasmania. www.richardflanagan.com


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  6. At the conclusion of the story, Flanagan presents us with the image of Dorrigo opening a book only to find out that the final pages have been torn out. Why do you think that the author chooses to employ this image at the story’s end?generic viagra price canada
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