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My Father's War (New Press International Fiction Series) [Hardcover]

Adriaan Van Dis , Claire Nicolas White
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30 Jan 1996 New Press International Fiction Series
The powerful story of a son's struggle to understand his family's wartime experience in a Japanese concentration camp, and to come to terms with its effect on him.
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  • Hardcover: 261 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press (30 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156584033X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565840331
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 14.6 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,195,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former editor of the NRC Handelsblad - Holland's leading newspaper Van Dis is now a full-time writer. He is the author of five novels as well as books of travel-writing and plays. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A piece of Dutch History silenced for 50 years 4 Jun 1997
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Format:Hardcover
A hidden past revealed when a son finally
faces the silence of the memories
of a father and mother who were caught in Indonesia during WWII. Their son describes the
horror, the fate, and family failures in a dark
story. Excellent translation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Commentary on Family Relationships 18 Mar 2005
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Format:Hardcover
I am not sure what to make of this book, as it was all a little disjointed and in the air. I suppose that is the feeling that readers are meant to be given as that is what the protagonist has had to live with, having gotten information on his family in bits and pieces and never really knowing what the reality is. Is reality an absolute or is it subjective and personal? The novel is an interesting piece of work commenting on the legacies of war as well as secrecy within a family - how damaging both are and how it self-perpetuates. When the narrator was not having an amusing aside, the tenderness in his tone came through which symbolised the love-hate relationship he had with his father. Not an easy read, but has valuable insights and comments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A piece of Dutch History silenced for 50 years 4 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A hidden past revealed when a son finally
faces the silence of the memories
of a father and mother who were caught in Indonesia during WWII. Their son describes the
horror, the fate, and family failures in a dark
story. Excellent translation.
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