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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1987 J. G. Ballard (P)1987 Simon & Schuster
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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By John S on 06-12-14

Abridged version kind of ruins it.

I love this book and found the abridged version sort of disappointing. I wish there was an unabridged one. The narration by Jeremy Irons is great though. Consequently I would recommended reading the book rather that listening to abridged version. I added it to my library because it was inexpensive and I had a $10 credit. Wish I had not.

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By Jesse on 04-10-11

empire of the sun

Only giving it 4/5 because it's abridged. Why do they do this?
This is one that you will listen to a couple of times. Well done.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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