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This review is from: The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East (Paperback)
I was given this at Christmas and was a little disappointed as it isn't my normal reading genre. However, once started it was difficult to put down. It is written in a naive and conversational style, and yet is compelling reading. Once started I was hooked.
Although most of us are aware of the second world war and have some notion of the various theatres of war. Personally I had only limited knowledge of what went on in the far east. Although this book has not set out to give a history of the war or even the events that led to it, or the escalation of Japanese intervention, the reader is left with no doubt about the conditions for the thousands of unfortunate prisoners of war in that region.
I have seen the film 'Bridge Over the River Kwai' a couple of times, but that makes existance in the jungle look more like a nursery school than reality. Alistair Urguhart is no hero and makes no pretence about being so. He is an ordinary guy who endured years of suffering at the hands of the Japanese. It is quite extraordinary to read just how bad things were. Just when the reader is enthralled and appalled by the atrocities, there is another one around the corner. How anyone can possibly survive this is beyond me.
This book is a must read, even if it is not your normal type of book.