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ISLAND OF TERRIBLE FRIENDS, THE SANDS OF THE KALAHARI AND HURRICANE Hardcover – 1962


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton, New York; 1st Thus edition (1962)
  • ASIN: B0018BKCBM
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,500,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Collection of three novels

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aidan J. McQuade on 15 Sept. 2009
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On holidays on the island of Vis a few years ago I came across a memorial to British commandos in the harbour of Komisa. I found this book after I got home, a non-fiction novel told from the perspective of the real British doctors who worked on the island, in and around Komisa, when it was one of the few bits of Croatia unoccupied by the Germans.

The author, himself a veteran of the war in the Eastern Mediterranean, had clearly taken the time to visit the island as the accounts he gathered are precisely rooted in the geography of the island - its possible to find and follow the roads described in the story and find the locations of many of the incidents. And, while the story is told from the perspectives of the allies and based on the accounts of allied combatants, particularly the doctors on the island, it does not shy away from the nastier aspects of the war: the beautiful island I could see from the window of my holiday apartment, for example, is identified as the place that the Partisans took both German prisoners and their own people judged guilty of infractions to execute them.

Overall a facinating and engagingly written story of deeply likeable people in a bloody but forgotten corner of the bloodiest of wars.
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Illuminating a little known aspect of the second world war 20 Dec. 2011
By Aidan J. McQuade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
On holidays on the island of Vis a few years ago I came across a memorial to British commandos in the harbour of Komisa. I found this book after I got home, a non-fiction novel told from the perspective of the real British doctors who worked on the island, in and around Komisa, when it was one of the few bits of Croatia unoccupied by the Germans.

The author, himself a veteran of the war in the Eastern Mediterranean, had clearly taken the time to visit the island as the accounts he gathered are precisely rooted in the geography of the island - its possible to find and follow the roads described in the story and find the locations of many of the incidents. And, while the story is told from the perspectives of the allies and based on the accounts of allied combatants, particularly the doctors on the island, it does not shy away from the nastier aspects of the war: the beautiful island I could see from the window of my holiday apartment, for example, is identified as the place that the Partisans took both German prisoners and their own people judged guilty of infractions to execute them.

Overall a facinating and engagingly written story of deeply likeable people in a bloody but forgotten corner of the bloodiest of wars.
Puts some things in perspective 26 Aug. 2009
By R. Ganson - Published on Amazon.com
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We just returned from spending 2 weeks on the Island of Vis and saw many of the things mentioned in the book, the village of Podhumljie, the remains of the airstrip(now memorialized, by 16 concrete columns), Vis and Komiza harbors. The book chronicles the experiences of a British military doctor in trying to set up a casualty hospital in a mixed setting of British commandos, Yugoslavian Partisans and a few US Air Corps personnel with very limited supplies.

A quick read, but it did put a lot of things into perspective about life on the island during WWII.
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