Title: Empire of the Sun
Author: J.G. Ballard
Source: My school’s LRC
Length: 279 pages
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Summary: This follows the life of a young English boy living in
Jim lives in luxury in
Review: This book was highly boring. At times I thought “Why are you telling me this? Do you think I haven’t worked this out yet?” or “Why should I care?”. Frequently, I found Jim extremely obnoxious in his attitude towards the war and when told to keep away from the air
raid, he goes out and watches it anyway. I just thought “Do want to do die, you annoying person? Do you not think there’s a reason why you were told to stay inside? People are giving you part of their rations so that you can live and then you go and try to die! Get a life!”. I think a bit too much don’t I…
The other characters are okay.
As nothing much happens, a very detailed description of the conditions in the camp make the book slightly more interesting. Especially about how cloths covered in wax were used to replace the broken window frames and how condoms were used as chips and were highly valued in the camp.
Rating: 2 Mildly interesting historical information saved it from a 1.
I would like to study this book next year more than the others though so if my English teacher is reading this I hope this helps her in her decision.