King Rat | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Granville Hicks

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of King Rat.
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Critical Essay by Granville Hicks

["King Rat"] is quite unmistakably bad and yet might, one feels, conceivably have been good….

[This] is a novel about the inhabitants of a Japanese camp called Changi, near Singapore….

[Whatever] an author's material, the question is what he is able to make of it, and this is closely related to another question: what attitude does he take towards it? By the end of this book, at any rate, Clavell's attitude can be defined: survival requires a kind of adaptation that controverts most accepted moral codes….

Clavell's approach to his material, then, is serious, at least in intention; but, as everyone knows, a novel is concerned only incidentally with ideas, and primarily with people. The moral dilemma that concerns Clavell is embodied in the lives of many characters, three...

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