One Fourteenth of an Elephant Hardcover – 1 Sep 2004
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"'One of the great epics of our time'" (SUN HERALD)
"'A triumph of memory and passion'" (WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN)
"'Peek has forged a diamond out of the terrible degradation of the past'" (MELBOURNE AGE)
"'Written in the present tense, like a loose-limbed diary, his account of what he saw and suffered...is touching, vivid, angry and utterly compelling. It is also exceptionally well written'" (SUNDAY TIMES)
"'This is a horrifying and extraordinary book...When a few years ago the Emperor of Japan visited London,a number of old men who had been Jap POWs lined The Mall and then turned their backs on him and the state procession. There was some criticism of their action. It was, some people said, time to let bygones be bygones, time to forget. The former POWs couldn't. Anyone who reads this book will understand why'" (Allan Massie, Literary Review) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A powerful memoir of life and death as a POW working on the Burma-Thailand Railway. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This book should be compulsory reading in schools, with its vivid descriptions and tons of truth about dreadful happenings.
An excellent book. One of the best I have read (all for the wrong reasons!) and one that will stay on my shelf forever more as a tribute to him and his brave companions. If you have read the Railway Man you NEED to read this book as it fills in the blanks about life building the railway.
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