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Two Years of Tenko: Life as a sixteen year old in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp
Two Years of Tenko: Life as a sixteen year old in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing life story, 9 Jun. 2015
Really enjoyed this - couldn't put it down and read it in a day. An enlightening and moving account of the collapse of a family's life as World War II envelopes them in its chaos and cruelty. It poignantly takes us through the steps of concern, uncertainty and then total disorientation as Elizabeth and her family's idyllic life in the former Dutch East Indies comes to an abrupt end as they are interned/imprisoned in a Japanese prison camp. It feels very personal with the little details Elizabeth includes that help you to actually imagine what it might have been like. It was also interesting and rather shocking to find out about how the Dutch in Indonesia, having suffered imprisonment during the war, were then still in danger from nationalists in the newly emerging Indonesia and then from public opinion back in the Netherlands. I'm glad that Elizabeth has had the chance to share her story in this engaging book.

Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and thought provoking, 2 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Uncle Tom's Cabin (Kindle Edition)
I had read this years ago as a teenager and remembered enjoying it. Seeing it available on Kindle for free I thought it time to read it again and am very glad I did. Very clearly written as anti slavery propoganda during the mid 19th century, at the time before the American Civil War when slavery was allowed in southern American states but not in the North, it movingly follows the lives of several slaves and their owners, refuting the arguments of the pro slavery lobby at the time that slaves could be more comfortable and secure with a paternal owner than braving the labour market on their own. The book explores in heart breaking detail the devastating possible effects of the death or ruin of a slave owner which could force the sale by auction of his property, including his slaves. This often lead to permanent separation of families. The book is often very sentimental but is also very charmingly written with gentle humour and some very moving chapters.

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