To the Kwai and Back: War Drawings, 1939-45 Hardcover – 3 Mar 1986
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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' --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A masterpiece. Not only are his excellent drawings a superb window on what happened, but his "narration" is very humorous.Published 10 months ago by Edgar Wagner
Excellent record of a terrible time - love Searle's light and dark stylesPublished 11 months ago by Richard Everitt
Very moving Fantastic sketches particularly when you realise the conditions they were done underPublished 16 months ago by penelope topham
A superb and permanent reminder of the suffering to which many men of my father's generation were subjected. As child the stories were difficult to believe. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2013 by Bel Esprit