Do The Birds Still Sing In Hell? Paperback – 6 May 2013
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About the Author
Horace Greasley (1918 2010) was an English POW who escaped from his campmore than200 times."
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Top Customer Reviews
Potentially an inspiring memoir of Horace Greasley's bravery in the face of overpowering odds sadly reduced to unbelievable fantasy .. pity.
If you want James Bond read Ian Fleming .. a writer who knew how to leave a little to the reader's imagination.
I found this so disappointing as to justify my rating the book beyond my normal approach of just giving it stars.
I genuinely wouldn't recommend this book to anyone and particularly not younger adult readers. There are much, much better war memoirs out there and I think this book's tone is quite damaging to the memory of those who served. I don't often bin books rather than take them to the charity shop but I did in this case because I didn't like the idea of someone picking this up and thinking it was a historical book and then discovering it was actually pretty sordid. A good sub could have pulled this into a great story but instead it was more kiss and tell than historical record. Such a shame.
Horace is sent to France and shortly after is captured after one of his seniors surrenders to the Germans. After this point Horace becomes a POW and endures many moments that are to test his will. He makes great friends and ones who are willing to protect him and did so on more than one occasion. He's a very stubborn young man and this shows after his numerous beatings.
After one of his fellow POWs lets slip the conditions of the camp, they're moved on. This is where Horace meets and, eventually, falls in love with a German girl, Rosa, who insists she is a Silesian. Her father owns the second camp that Horace is staying at. They are both devastated when Horace is once again moved on but they continue their illicit affair. He continues to sneak out of the camp and back in with food and eventually parts to build a radio. They know they are putting their lives and others' lives in danger but continue to see each other.
I'm not quite sure what to make of his accounts. I'm in no means saying they didn't happen but I'm sure there must have been a slight exaggeration on some accounts. I found it hard to believe after 65 years a man remembers the conversations he had and the letter he wrote to his lover or the first letter she wrote him - during a raid their belongings got destroyed. I, also, found it hard to like the man. He was so full of himself. I won't deny he did some pretty heroic things but I couldn't really get past how he had to constantly big himself up.
The man talks incessantly about his penis and how endowed he is.Read more ›
I can't believe the 'author' in his eighties described the constant sexual encounters in such graphic soft porn terms. Nor can one believe the ghost writer's claim that he 'was only the fingers on the typewriter'
A very poor book that has little to do with the subject matter - unless you like adult comics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can only suspect the author is a longtime friend or Greasley himself masquerading as an independent journalist. It is surely utter fantasy aimed at inflating his ego. Read morePublished 12 days ago by G. C. Clark
I couldnt put it down. Remarkable book. Had me in tears at the end.Published 16 days ago by scorpioeyes
What an amazing story of the strength of the human spirit during incredible adversity. Greasley brought light to many dark days and I would have been proud to have met him.Published 20 days ago by Richard Hogarth
Brilliant read..more credit should be given to our POWs the trauma they suffered then and no doubt throughout the rest of their lives.Published 1 month ago by Graham Burton
Horace Greasley is an absolute legend. This book made me cry. Over the horror, and the love, and the friendships. I dont want to write anymore for fear of ruining it. Read it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Wyness
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