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  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: EDS Publications Ltd. (Consignment) (15 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557506639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557506634
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Hideo Onoda came down from the mountain on the island of Lubang in 1974. For 30 years he had been fighting his own war against nature and the enemy. In the 30 years he had been conducting guerilla warfare against local peasants and Phillipine troops, not knowing the war was over.
The book covers his whole life from a kendo fighting boy, to a dancing teenager in the chinese dancehall and to his secret guerilla warface on Lubang Island in the Phillipines.
The book gives an interesting insight in the mind of a dedicated japanese officer. A man that refuses to believe that the war is over and that the japanese search parties that were sent out in the late 50's, were actually the work of the american intelligence forces. Onoda expirences every imaginary ordeal, from colloctive japanese harakiri, to Bubblegum chewing american soldier, to the death of his 2 soldier friends, Shimada and Kozuka. The later who died in 1973. Only a year before Onoda was found.
All in all an amazing book.
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In brief, the subject nature of the book itself will compel you to want to read it. Details the amazing story of a Junior Japanese officer, Lt Hiroo Onoda, and his micro guerilla war on a small island against the local population, US troops and the elements. His mental toughness and his military doctrine seem almost unhuman at times. My only criticism is that the book needs a map of the island, can seem a bit hazy in describing movements to different locations. On the whole definitely worth a read though.
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It's a definite learning experience, considering his blind obedience to the cause (Japanese war effort) having lead to the deaths of numerous innocent people I thought I'd have hated this man, and yet I can't help but agree with a lot of his observations about the society he's since reintegrated in to. A great case study in to human nature and the power an idea/ideology can have over someone's actions. Well worth the read.
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This is an amazing story. It covers the man's early life and indoctrination by the military (if you want to call it that), instilling in him the crazy devotion that sees him struggling in the Phillipines for 30 years.

Although the events in the book aren't all that exciting (mainly it's a 30 year survival story, not a 30 year war) his blind dedication is the most interesting elemtent, and as such this is a fascinating insight into the mind of someone who convinces himself thoroughly that he isn't wasting his life.

You could consider this incredibly stupid or true devotion - it's probably a bit of both.

Well worth a read.

7.5 / 10

David Brookes
Author of 'Half Discovered Wings'
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A well written but frustrating story. I was astounded at the man's obstinate determination to blindly carry out his orders. The passage of time living a clandestine existence making him and his companions paranoid and deluded. Unfortunately for these guys, brought up in a society and a time that appears to have eliminated any common sense as they blindly accept and carry out their orders. A gripping tale indeed
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I am not sure what I was expecting but somehow this felt as though it fell short. An unimaginable time to hold out and convince yourself the war continued. At the end I was left feeling it just described a wasted life and a futile experience. It was very sad but dealt with very superficially.
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This book had me turning pages like no other - what a fantastic, and totally believable story. Hiroo is still alive today - so 30 years in the jungle did him no harm. Highly highly recommended!
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Sadly it made no attempt to explain what was in his head or the motivation for staying in jungle so long .clearly he was paranoid but there is no real attempt to explain away his repeated decision to ignore family pleas or former co etc .perhaps he was afraid of what he mind find at home but disappointing read .
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