The Narrow Road to the Deep North


The Narrow Road to the Deep North is Richard Flanagan's critically acclaimed[1][2] and 2014 Man Booker Prize-winning[3] sixth novel. The book tells the story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a wartime love affair with his uncle's wife. Post war, he finds his growing celebrity as a war hero at odds with his sense of his own failings and guilt.

Taking its title from 17th century haiku poet Matsuo Bashō's famous haibun, Oku no Hosomichi,[4] best known in English as The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the novel is epic in form and chronicles an Australian century, with one horrific day at its heart on the Burma Railway in August 1943. As that day builds to its climax, the novel grows to encompass the post war lives of Japanese and Korean prison guards as well as Australian Far East Prisoners of War. The novel deals both with the effects of war and the many forms of love.

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