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3.0 out of 5 stars A well told story, 31 Aug. 2013
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Having read Viktor Frankl's book about the concentration camps I decided that this could be an interesting read when a friend recommended it. Clearly Alistair is a man of great strength who endured the worst. The reason I didn't rate this book higher is because I got no insight from this story about how he made it through. I am fascinated by how we think and although this was an easy read and it's good to be open about the atrocities I felt a little disappointed by what I took away from this book.
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Initial post: 2 Oct 2013 08:04:19 BDT
James Ross says:
Well it would seem you are very much in the minority Ms Walton, I am at a loss that you have not grasped the will to survive that Mr Urquhart shows throughout the entire story. However maybe I should not take your 3 stars to seriously here as I notice in your other reviews(3) that you give 'Drop Two Dress Sizes' and 'Humpty Dumpty Finger Puppet Set' 5 stars. I think the expression is ' I rest my case'!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2013 08:08:15 BDT
D. Walton says:
No problems James. We are all entitled to our opinion. I offered mine and actually I would still recommend people read this book. And thanks for the nudge...I really should do more reviews! The Humpty Dumpty Finger Puppet set was really good though!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2013 08:43:56 BDT
James Ross says:
Good I like your reply, very swift too!

Posted on 20 Oct 2013 22:30:36 BDT
I can't understand how you could claim to have no insight as to how Mr. Urquhart survived.
He clearly states that he kept himself to himself (as many did) due to conserving energy, being reduced to 'automatons' and also to guard against trauma should a friend die or be killed. There were other examples - I think you need to re-read it. Also you've stated that he was a man of great strength - evidently he was, so that's another factor. Luck is also a deciding factor in such life or death situations as well. As can be seen from the final chapters of his story, many who had survived the hell of building the railway finally had their luck run out when their ship was torpedoed en route to Japan. For me this was anything but a disappointing book - it was about as traumatic to read as one could imagine; I couldn't stop thinking about how awful it was for him or any others to have had their lives shattered by such brutality. Should also take from this story a feeling of outrage against the ineptitude and incompetence of the defence of Singapore, almost TWO years after the rout of Dunkirk. Our government was responsible for utter failure to defend and protect our colonies in the East. Take away from this book that you should read it again and read more about that terrible calamity which even today is little-known to the general public.
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