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Shame and the Captives
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Atria Books
Publication date February 24, 2015
Pages 367
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781476734644
ISBN-10 147673464X
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $26.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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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Hardcover
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Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (March 4, 2015)
9781410476692 | details & prices | 589 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $31.99
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from Atria Books (February 24, 2015)
9781476734644 | details & prices | 367 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $26.00
About: 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.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Washington Square Pr (December 8, 2015)
9781476734651 | details & prices | 367 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.68 lbs | List price $17.00
About: “If the legendary Schindler’s List was not enough to showcase Thomas Keneally’s literary mastery, then [this novel] surely will” (New York Daily News) as the Booker Prize-winning author reimagines from all sides the drastic true events of the night more than one thousand Japanese POWs staged the largest and bloodiest prison escape of World War II.

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