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The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East by [Urquhart, Alistair]
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A book you must read (DAILY MAIL)

Riveting, powerful, moving (OBSERVER)

A remarkable memoir (FINANCIAL TIMES)

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A book you must read DAILY MAIL Riveting, powerful, moving OBSERVER A remarkable memoir FINANCIAL TIMES

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1081 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616084073
  • Publisher: Abacus (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00371V8ZU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 633 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The facinating insights into a by-gone era of Aberdeen's pre-war dance halls are the simple backdrop to this story of a simple man yanked out of his life at the point of reaching manhood to have it changed forever.

This was the lot of Mr Urquhart's generation, but The Forgotten Highlander is no hackneyed World War Two memoir, and I've read a few.

A reader may be familiar with the events that Urquhart found thrust upon him, but never have they been laid so bare as here. The joyous, simple life of dancing away his evenings with the girls of Aberdeen cast a depressing shadow over the man as he fights so hard to suppress these memories to survive.

The Forgotten Highlander is not a book for the faint-hearted yet it demands to read by all. Mr Urquhart never fired a shot, he never asked to be involved in the events in which he found himself and a warrior hero will not be found here. This is a story of an ordinary man who survived some of humanity's most atrocious acts of barbarity and destruction in a century littered with them.

That the man is still alive to again dance the evenings away is a miracle for him, but it is an opportunity for us. The reader will gain an insight in to what man is capable of both in terms of evil and what is required to survive it - for Alistair's war was not one of battles but of the conflict's most grim example of raw physical and emotional endurance. What this memoir offers is an unflinching account and it pulls no punches.
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Gripping book that was harrowing from start to finish. Stories like this have to be told so that the world remembers the atrocities that went on and how badly the veterans were and are still treated to this day for fighting for the our country. My Grandfather was captured in Singapore and died during his time in captivity, so this book was in some way very helpful to me to try and comprehend what my own Grandfather had to go through.
It will change your view on what you depict as hardships in this modern worls.
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Lest we forget. It's easy to just accept that the war happened, but this man's story of how soldiers were treated not only by the Japanese but also by the British Army and British Government on their return. Those involved should be ashamed of themselves, but needless to say they won't.
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Having see the BBC documentary about building the railway and what was suffered by our brave soldiers I had to find out more. This gentleman Mr Urquhart is an inspirational character. I couldn't begin to put into words the appalling treatment and torture that he and many others like him were put through. I was reading this whilst going through a particularly bad time in my life, and his words and his story helped me put much of my life into proper perspective. If only I had a fraction of the guts of this man! I am half Scottish and you've made me proud of that - Thank you Alistair
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Thought provoking in a good way! I bought this book after reading about it on the internet and also basing my decision on a little known film called "To End All Wars" which is based on the real life experiences of another Scot called Ernest Gordon, Ernest was also a POW working on the death railway, the film conveyed the horror of his experiences but it didn't prepare me for the horrors described in this book.

The book starts off with Alistair describing his life before the war and then his experiences and the events leading up to his capture. We've all heard stories about how the Japanese dealt with prisoners but to have this first hand account made it even more truly horrific, instead of the cliche of forgiveness Alistair Urquhart has no forgiveness and it's only by reading this book you'll understand why.

The book is rather upsetting, not just for the torture, but the solitude, the pain of working in blistering heat on nothing more than a maggot infested rice ball and meagre water rations, losing five stone in weight and having tropical ulcers that would eat down to the bone whilst still being lashed and beaten into working on a railway, then being boarded onto a transport ship with no red cross on it, they were saved for the Japanese munition ships!

This book proves that the Japanese government has a lot to answer for and many apologies to make but the biggest surprise was they way our own government dealt with returning pow's, it turns out we have a lot to answer to as well.

As a footnote, I've been off work for the last two days on the sick and read this entire book yesterday, I'm still ill but have come into work today because Alistair Urquhart made me realise that if he can go through all he did for over 750 days then I can definitly make it into work with a slight stomach bug!!
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This was the first book I've read on this subject and some of the the details were shocking and tough to read. Its a remarkable story of mans will to survive and the horrors he went through. Just when you think things can't get any worse they do and more still after that. Urquhart also gives some insight into pre war life in Sctoland and colonail Singapore. Its good to know that the author is still alive in his 90s given what he went through this is remarkable.
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