Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

The Narrow Road To The Deep North

Posted on

THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH Richard Flanagan

It’s common to depict war as a simple conflict between good guys and bad guys, but the most compelling parts of Flanagan’s novel — about Australian soldiers in a Japanese POW camp during WWII — are from the Japanese characters’ perspectives. He shows them not only during wartime but also beforehand, when loved ones are left behind, and after, when both victory and loss are rendered hollow and meaningless in civilian life. B+

Comments