Empire of the Sun

By J. G. Ballard

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This autobiographical novel tells the story of Jim the choir boy, the pampered child of a wealthy English couple living in Shanghai as the Japanese army begins the invasion of China. Separated from his parents Jim is interned with other Europeans and Americans and receives little help or sympathy from the adults around him. It is a harrowing tale made into a wonderful film by Steven Spielberg. The haunting sound of the boys choir on the film's soundtrack is a perfect symbol of the author's lost childhood.

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