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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 24 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 18 May 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0051H6EJI
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This poignant book plays with the reader's emotions, first stoking up outrage at the appalling treatment meted out to this gentle man by his Japanese captors, then unexpectedly flipping its perpective to deliver a brilliant and unexpected climax.
The result is a literary gem, but it is Lomax's honesty rather than his cleverness as a writer that ensures that this book succeeds. I recommend it strongly.
Amongst the tens of thousands of British soldiers rounded up and taken into captivity is Lt. Eric Lomax, a Royal Signals officer. Initially, the vast mass of British POWs hugely outnumbers their Japanese captors, leading to a relaxed atmosphere where the British prisoners mostly police themselves. Overconfident, many of the British prisoners began building home-made radios to keep a closer eye on the course of the war. However, as time passes the POWs begin to be dispersed, many being sent to be worked to death on the River Kwae railway as it slowly makes its way across Thailand and into Burma. In these smaller camps, much more aggressively policed by Japanese guards, the prisoners find their confidence and expectation of good treatment rapidly disabused. Lomax's involvement in the construction of clandestine radios leads him to being imprisoned, humiliated, tortured and condemned to a number of horrific prisons in and around Bangkok.
Eventually the war ends and Lomax returns home, but finds that his torture continues. His experiences lead to the breakdown of his first marriage, an estrangement from his father and decades of nightmares and broken sleep patterns.Read more ›
It was with increasing admiration that I read each page, not least the subsequent years after the war, coming to terms with what he had experienced; suffering in silence during much of this time before finally confronting his past.
I feel it a matter of due respect that I refer to the author formally as Mr Lomax and recommend highly that this book be read and reread for generations. Importantly, the account is well told and events described in such detail that I was able to imagine the environment and the people with startling clarity.
Frightening, uplifting and inspirational; an honour to have been a witness through the eyes of Mr Lomax and I owe him thanks.
I hope to see this on the big-screen one day.
'Into the Valley of Death rode the 600' has not much on the 50,000 into the Jungle railroad of Burma.
For me historically informative as indeed a Signals Officer is well placed to be.
Puts a completely different perspective on 'The Bridge over the River Kwai'. Authors comment on the film,
'.....the best fed POWs I have ever seen....'
Clash of cultures Western and Japanese clear in the narrative.
The lasting effects on the survivors and the author and to some extent both sides points up starkly the unsung heroes
that war veterans can be. Reminds us that the same was true of WW1 combatants.
The reconciliation, almost incredible, shows how confronting the anger can bring closure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw the film of this book about 2 years ago and was very pleased when I saw the book on Amazon. This true story is one of unimaginable suffering in the heat of Thailand at a... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Janie S
This is an excellent book. I bought it after seeing the film which differs in certain ways. Obviously there is a little artistic licence made in the film.Published 15 days ago by Rickant
The depth of detail that Eric Lomax writes with is captivating, and his story is fascinating. A truly remarkable account of a real hero and his journey of forgiveness. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Gladwin
This was an informative and enlightening read. I have myself lived in Japan as an English teacher and found the people friendly, they are a spiritual people but complex. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LyndaGripton
OK...this is a book based on a film and not the other way round as normal. Interesting story but not very well written.Published 2 months ago by 2dogs
First class book well written about a prisoner of war true life story It brings home how cruel the Japanese were in the second world war. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Fletcher
A remarkable story of absolute cruelty, human fortitude and amazing forgiveness. Humans are capable of extremes of cruelty and of kindness. Do we need one to realise the other?Published 2 months ago by Kathryn