Declan Gray

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (29 of 34)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 200,960 - Total Helpful Votes: 29 of 34
The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Story, 14 Jan 2014
Very well written account of the SE Asia theatre of WW2.
'Into the Valley of Death rode the 600' has not much on the 50,000 into the Jungle railroad of Burma.
For me historically informative as indeed a Signals Officer is well placed to be.
Puts a completely different perspective on 'The Bridge over the River Kwai'. Authors comment on the film,
'.....the best fed POWs I have ever seen....'
Clash of cultures Western and Japanese clear in the narrative.
The lasting effects on the survivors and the author and to some extent both sides points up starkly the unsung heroes
that war veterans can be. Reminds us that the same was true of WW1 combatants.
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Philomena by Martin Sixsmith
Philomena by Martin Sixsmith
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gay Propaganda, 14 Jan 2014
Seems to be a good story (which I hear the Movie may be) has been hi jacked to portray the US Gay Community as oppressed and indeed may have been the price for the disclosures in the book which come across as virtually unedited
voice recognition digital recordings.
The gratuitous detail in chapter after chapter of the central characters homosexual experiences was too much information by far, boring but easily speed read.
Good story to begin with. Much pathos to end with.
Loads in the middle superfluous.and shallow. This lack of depth does no justice to the clearly brilliant intellect of the character.