The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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Ranked #13 in Australian, Ranked #45 in War Fictionsee more rankings.

A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

Richard Flanagan's story — of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle's wife — journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho's travel journal, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is about...

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Barack Obama Former USA PresidentIn November 2014, Obama took a trip to D.C. independent bookstore Politics and Prose to honor small businesses and add to his personal library. Accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha, POTUS picked up novels from the Redwall fantasy series by Brian Jacques, as well as some from the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park. He also added these titles to his heavy bags: Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad Nora Webster, Colm Toibin The Laughing Monsters, Denis Johnson Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, Evan Osnos Being Mortal:... (Source)

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