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Shame and the Captives - A Novel

Thomas Keneally

Based on true events, this beautifully rendered novel from the author of Schindler's List and The Daughters of Mars brilliantly explores a World War II prison camp, where Japanese prisoners resolve to take drastic action to wipe away their shame. Alice is a young woman living on her father-in-law's farm on the edge of an Australian country town, while her husband is held prisoner in Europe. When Giancarlo, an Italian anarchist at the prisoner-of-war camp down the road, is assigned to work on the farm, she hopes that being kind to him will somehow influence her husband's treatment. What she doesn't anticipate is how dramatically Giancarlo will expand her outlook and self-knowledge. But what most challenges Alice and her fellow townspeople is the utter foreignness of the thousand-plus Japanese inmates and their culture, which the camp commanders fatally misread. Mortified by being taken alive in battle and preferring a violent death to the shame of living, they plan an outbreak, to shattering and far-reaching effects on all the citizens around them. In a career spanning half a century, Thomas Keneally has proved a master at exploring ordinary lives caught up in extraordinary events. With this profoundly gripping and thought-provoking novel, inspired by a notorious incident in New South Wales in 1944, he once again shows why he is celebrated as a writer who "looks into the heart of the human condition with a piercing intelligence that few can match" (Sunday Telegraph).

Based on true events, this beautifully rendered novel from the author of Schindler's List and The Daughters of Mars brilliantly explores a World War II prison camp, where Japanese prisoners resolve to take drastic action to wipe away their shame. Alice is a young woman living on her father-in-law's farm on the edge of an Australian country town, while her husband is held prisoner in Europe. When Giancarlo, an Italian anarchist at the prisoner-of-war camp down the road, is assigned to work on the farm, she hopes that being kind to him will somehow influence her husband's treatment. What she doesn't anticipate is how dramatically Giancarlo will expand her outlook and self-knowledge. But what most challenges Alice and her fellow townspeople is the utter foreignness of the thousand-plus Japanese inmates and their culture, which the camp commanders fatally misread. Mortified by being taken alive in battle and preferring a violent death to the shame of living, they plan an outbreak, to shattering and far-reaching effects on all the citizens around them. In a career spanning half a century, Thomas Keneally has proved a master at exploring ordinary lives caught up in extraordinary events. With this profoundly gripping and thought-provoking novel, inspired by a notorious incident in New South Wales in 1944, he once again shows why he is celebrated as a writer who "looks into the heart of the human condition with a piercing intelligence that few can match" (Sunday Telegraph).
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Based on true events, this beautifully rendered novel from the author of Schindler's List and The Daughters of Mars brilliantly explores a World War II prison camp, where Japanese prisoners resolve to take drastic action to wipe away their shame. Alice is a young woman living on her father-in-law's farm on the edge of an Australian country town, while her husband is held prisoner in Europe. When Giancarlo, an Italian anarchist at the prisoner-of-war camp down the road, is assigned to work on the farm, she hopes that being kind to him will somehow influence her husband's treatment. What she doesn't anticipate is how dramatically Giancarlo will expand her outlook and self-knowledge. But what most challenges Alice and her fellow townspeople is the utter foreignness of the thousand-plus Japanese inmates and their culture, which the camp commanders fatally misread. Mortified by being taken alive in battle and preferring a violent death to the shame of living, they plan an outbreak, to shattering and far-reaching effects on all the citizens around them. In a career spanning half a century, Thomas Keneally has proved a master at exploring ordinary lives caught up in extraordinary events. With this profoundly gripping and thought-provoking novel, inspired by a notorious incident in New South Wales in 1944, he once again shows why he is celebrated as a writer who "looks into the heart of the human condition with a piercing intelligence that few can match" (Sunday Telegraph).

Language:

English

Narrators:

Heather Bolton, Paul English

Length:

12h 34m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

07:10


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

25:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

26:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

34:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

46:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

26:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:58


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

29:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

28:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

21:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

25:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

21:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

20:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

11:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:20