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A Thriller From Manila,
This review is from: Surviving a Japanese Internment Camp: Life and Liberation at Santo Tomás, Manila, in World War II (Paperback)
We often forget the human side of war and those whose lives are affected by the posturing of great nations. This book is an insight into the reality of a family caught up in Manila during at the outbreak of the Pacific War in 1942 and whose lives were turned upside down as they were cast out of the `Eden' of their ex-pat existence and incarcerated in Santo Tomas prison camp. Santo Tomas, it must be said, was no a Belsen or Auswitz. It was as the author admits a rather porous prison and one where the internees organized their lives on a thriving communal basis albeit with ever-present hunger, deprivation and threats of execution from their Japanese jailors. It vividly documents highs and lows of camp life and the hoped for liberation that eventually came in 1945. It's a fascinating story and is written with a lightness of touch that keeps one entranced and engaged throughout.
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