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Interesting, though provoking and humbling
on 4 April 2012
I love books like this. They remind me why we owe so many people the gratitude of ensuring us freedom.
This is a gritty, poignant and deeply moving book about a man's struggle for life at the hands of his evil captors.
We get to know Alistair well as the book charts his journey from boyhood in Aberdeen, to the hell of concentration camps and on to his struggle to "fit in" when he (amazingly) returned home.
He spares nothing as he recounts the horror of the camps and the brutality and evilness of his captors. How Alistair and, indeed, anyone else survived is beyond belief. The story of a true hero.
It reminded me of my favourite noel 'The Railway Man' by Eric Lomax, a former Japanese prisoner of war. If you liked this I can not recommend Lomax's account highly enough. This is writing from the heart - and once read, these stories will never be forgotten. Nor they should.