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Burma Railway: Original War Drawings of POW Jack Chalker Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer Books; First Edition edition (Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095571270X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955712708
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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This book has been obviously put together with great respect for the subject, and considerable design flare. Jack's paintings and drawings are so evocative of the terrible conditions and inhumane treatment experienced on the Death Railway, the reader is left open-mouthed. Illustrations range from technical drawings of tropical ulcers which would grace a medical textbook, to heartrending pictures of torture. Photographic images can rarely be as powerful and moving as these paintings and drawings. The crowning achievement of the book is that the reader is taken on a journey where horrific experiences bind men together in comradeship and where human spirit triumphs.
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A wonderful book. A truly touching and inspiring story is accompanied by the authors own illustrations. The book is beautiful designed and gives plenty of space for the outstanding collection of drawings. I would recommended this book to anyone.
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My late father was one of the POW's on the Death Railway, and like many other internees who survived after three and a half years rarely talked about his experience. This book illustrates just how ghastly that experience was for them all.
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Excellent. It just so happens that my paternal grandfather died of dysentery at Chungkai in 1943 so I find the cover picture of unusual interest, if I can put it that way, and I consider myself as extremely fortunate to be able to see where it all happened, but for those less directly affected it has got to be one of the defining pictures of World War II in the Far East.
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This book is a must have historical record of the treatment and lives of Japanese POW's in World War 2.

The original drawings by the author and artist, Jack Chalker, which illustrate the book, were hidden in pieces of bamboo from the guards in the camp and miraculously survived the war.

Jack Chalker has managed to find snippets of great humour throughout the book as he retells the harrowing story of his experiences.
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This is a great book demonstrating Jack's record of his experiences on the Thai/Burma railway. The experiences of men in this place and at this time is one that is very hard for we who never experienced such hardship to fully comprehend. Jack Chalker brings the experience to us in a much clearer way than many who have described their experiences in words only. A very informative book.
Brian Robertson
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These events took place 70 odd years ago and perhaps in the mists of historical time, they get set aside. The book vividly recalls the horrors both in script and pictorially. It is also a testimony of heroism to those who suffered, who died and who survived such ghastly unimaginable treatment at the hands of nation, which abandoned its spirit of hospitality for war in which they suffered and for objectives defined by an elite and their egos. Unfortunately many of today's leaders simply have not learnt.
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