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on 29 December 2013
How anybody survived the appalling conditions and the barbaric treatment by the Japanese and Korean guards in the labour camps described in this book is almost beyond comprehension. In an ironic kind of way, Reg's difficult childhood (not that untypical of a working class lad in the 1920s and 1930s), summed up by him early in the book with one simple word - "hunger" - prepared him at least in some way for the horrors that followed his capture in the Far East.
Ultimately, along with a huge slice of Lady Luck, it was Reg's indomitable spirit and his ingenuity that earmarked him as a survivor, when so many of his friends and colleagues didn't make it.
This book is not only an excellent historical account of his time in captivity, but it is superbly written to convey all the thoughts, feelings and emotions that a human being experiences when pushed to and beyond the limits of their physical and psychological capacity.
The very best and the very worst of the human condition are on display in this book - and it will move you to tears. Reg Twigg was an amazing man amongst many. Sadly they didn't all come home.