- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (6 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0285637452
- ISBN-13: 978-0285637450
- Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
To the Kwai and Back: War Drawings 1939 - 1945 Hardcover – Black & White, 6 Apr 2006
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"You would have a struggle to name a greater cartoonist of the 20th Century, or, indeed, of any other century. Searle forged his life's path in comedy rather than tragedy, for those who have been into the deepest, darkest abyss, the only way is up, towards the light."- Craig Brown, 'Mail on Sunday'
"This is a monumentally important book... More than just a drawn record of mainly unphotographed events. It is also a hugely moving indictment of man's inhumanity to man that not even Goya's The Disasters of War can surpass... This book should never be out of print." - Peter Brookes, 'The Times'
To the Kwai - and Back is a handsome, and moving testimony to the sacrifice involved in the tragedy of war." --'Daily Mail'
"As a young soldier, the artist Ronald Searle was imprisoned by the Japanese in conditions of the utmost horror. He never stopped drawing... his art enabled him to endure the unendurable." --'Sunday Telegraph'
"Unique... one of the finest illustrators of the past century." --Gerald Scarfe, 'The Independent'
About the Author
Ronald Searle was born in Cambridge in 1920. He served in the Second World War and was one of the few British prisoners-of-war to survive Changi prison and forced labour on Burma Railway. He delighted millions with his comic creation of St Trinians, and has been a distinguished contributor of numerous magazines around the world, from The New Yorker to Le Monde.
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Eric Lomax in his book and Ronald in this book in both the words and pictures with the grim statistics of those young men who did not return give more depth to the inscription on the Kohima war cemetary memorial.
"When you go home
Tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow,
we gave our today."
Harold Atcherley's book Prisoner of Japan also provides detailed background of the time.
Thinking about myself and my children at their age when prisoners I find it hard to grasp how young people in their early twenties found the reserves of strength to survive when isolated from everything else in their previous lives.
Hopefully with these records in pictures and text the awful and sad events described will not be forgotten.
harrowing experiences during WWII. The drawings intimately convey events as they occur and portray
in individual detail the tedium, the brutality of conditions under enemy imprisonment as well as moments
of grace. Searle drily describes his experiences and gives a human face to chronology of battles.
Amazing feat of recording his experiences as serviceman routed to Singapore then taken prisoner of war.
Ronald Searle is a notable artist but these drawings also exhibit his incredible spirit under extremely
trying circumstances. He miraculously survived and these drawings survived, hidden by comrades
dying but still fighting in spirit. Sensitively drawn and touching record of an artist, a soldier, a man.
I would strongly recommend this book.
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This is excellent. Very moving - the illustrations/drawings are quite heart wrenching. It shows a clear aspect of the war prisoners and life in Japan.Published 2 months ago by Trysha
Very prompt delivery. This book - an ex-library copy - was in excellent condition, had been expertly covered and had no markings on either text or drawings. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JoD
A masterpiece. Not only are his excellent drawings a superb window on what happened, but his "narration" is very humorous.Published 14 months ago by Edgar Wagner
A wonderful account of war experience, beautifully presented. I have read books about the experiences of Japanese prisoners of war, but this book proves that a picture really does... Read morePublished 14 months ago by jilliebean
Excellent record of a terrible time - love Searle's light and dark stylesPublished 15 months ago by Richard Everitt
Very moving Fantastic sketches particularly when you realise the conditions they were done underPublished 21 months ago by penelope topham
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