Today, Richard Flanagan was announced the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize. The Narrow Road to the Deep North is Flanagan’s sixth novel and centers on a surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, and his experiences in World War II. Flanagan is only the third Australian to win the prestigious fiction award. Below is an excerpt of Booklist‘s review of the award-winning novel:
Acclaimed Australian author Flanagan (Gould’s Book of Fish, 2002) here gives us surgeon Dorrigo Evans, from his Tasmanian childhood to old age, along the way having been a POW (as Flanagan’s father was) on the gruesomely brutal building of the Siam-Burma railroad and having later achieved a fame he feels is undeserved. Flanagan handles the horrifyingly grim details of the wartime conditions with lapidary precision and is equally good on the romance of the youthful indiscretion that haunts Evans.