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James Clavell

Data urodzenia: 10. Październik 1924
Data zgonu: 7. Wrzesień 1994
Natępne imiona: 詹姆士.克萊威爾

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James Clavell, właśc. Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell – pisarz, scenarzysta, reżyser, weteran II wojny światowej. Najbardziej znany ze swojej serii powieści osadzonych w realiach azjatyckich i ich filmowych adaptacji.

Urodził się w Australii, później przyjął obywatelstwo amerykańskie.

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Cytaty James Clavell

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„Everyone just had to learn it to say it. The Children's Story came into being that day. It was then that I realized how completely vulnerable my child's mind was — any mind for that matter — under controlled circumstances.“

— James Clavell
Context: I asked all kinds of people of every age, "You know the 'I pledge allegiance…'" but before I could finish, at once they would all parrot it, the words almost always equally blurred. In every case discovered that not one teacher, ever — or anyone — had ever explained the words to any one of them. Everyone just had to learn it to say it. The Children's Story came into being that day. It was then that I realized how completely vulnerable my child's mind was — any mind for that matter — under controlled circumstances. Normally I write and rewrite and re-rewrite, but this story came quickly — almost by itself. Barely three words were changed. It pleases me greatly because it keeps asking me questions … Questions like what's the use of "I pledge allegiance" without understanding? Like why is it so easy to divert thoughts and implant others? Like what is freedom and why is it so hard to explain? The Children's Story keeps asking me all sorts of questions I cannot answer. Perhaps you can — then your children will… Afterword to his short story "The Children's Story" (1963).

„Blackthorne was suddenly awake.“

— James Clavell
Context: Blackthorne was suddenly awake. For a moment he thought he was dreaming because he was ashore and the room unbelievable. It was small and very clean and covered with soft mats. He was lying on a thick quilt and another was thrown over him. The ceiling was polished cedar and the walls were lathes of cedar, in squares, covered with an opaque paper that muted the light pleasantly. Beside him was a scarlet tray bearing small bowls. One contained cold cooked vegetables and he wolfed them, hardly noticing the piquant taste. Another contained a fish soup and he drained that. Another was filled with a thick porridge of wheat or barley and he finished it quickly, eating with his fingers. The water in an odd-shaped gourd was warm and tasted curious — slightly bitter but savory. Then he noticed the crucifix in its niche. This house is Spanish or Portuguese, he thought aghast. Is this the Japans? or Cathay? First lines, Ch. 1

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