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The Railway Man Paperback – 6 Jun 1996
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"What a great book. What a great man" (Harry Ritchie Daily Mail)
"Forget the grueling films, just read the brilliant books" (Independent)
"This beautiful, awkward book tells the story of a fine and awkward man. Here, I think, is an account that rises above mere timeliness and comes near to being a classic of autobiography" (Ian Jack Guardian)
"When I turned to the book, the complexity of Lomax's emotions came alive and burned off the page" (Independent)
"Of all the billions of words that have been written about the Second World War, with the exception of Churchill's Nobel Prize winning history, it is not an exaggeration to say there is no account of it more worth reading that this. Wistfully romantic, historically important, startling, horrifying and ultimately electrifyingly uplifting, The Railway Man is as indispensable as any book can be." (Tom Peck Independent)
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Then dropped the dew and the clock struck two
From the dew grew a tree and the clock struck three
The tree made a door and the clock struck four
Man came alive and the clock struck five
Count not, waste not the years on the clock
Behold I stand at the door and knock."
by Eric Lomax
This poem by Eric Lomax - it appears so simple in form, but it contains such a deep wisdom. If I am not mistaken, then the last line refers to Jesus - the book of revelation 3: 20. In those short lines he seems to have put all - creation, time, the cycle of life and eternity. It has such a deep insight and beauty it is deeply moving as the book itself.
What Eric also does so well is display man's ignorance towards the ex POW' s after their liberation, you get to feel the anguish and resentment towards his captors and the misinterpretation of feelings from his comrades.
I decided to read this book after I heard Rob Brydon mention on tv that this was the best book he had read, it might not be the most enjoyable read due to subject matter but it most certainly is a story that needs to be read, just so that people can get a better understanding of the help that is needed to enable ex POW' s and soldiers adapt back into civilian life.
An excellent book!
It is the human side after he is repatriated, that hits home, the dreadful effect of his years in captivity and his hatred
for the Japanese.
The reconciliation, many years after the end of the war with one of his captors is beautifully written. The emotions which are laid bare on both sides probably affected me more than "the horrors".
Highly recommend this great story
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