By Richard Flanagan
Suggested beverage: coffee. black. no sugar.
‘The Narrow Road To The Deep North’ takes you into the heart of a Japanese Prisoner of War camp, right along the Burma death railway. Saturated in simple human suffering, this novel swings through death and desperation with every page pulling you in further.
Darky Gardiner. The Line. Jack Rainbow’s Wife. Nikitaris’s Fish Shop.
It’s the fragments of stories beyond Dorrigo Evans which make this book a masterpiece. It’s the undiluted humanity of the novel which makes it an absolute must read.
If you aren’t quite convinced just yet, I’ll start you off:
“Why at the beginning of things is there always light?”