Simply a wonderful read,
This review is from: THE TREES ARE ALL YOUNG ON GARRISON HILL: An exploration of war and memory (Hardcover)
Wow! Having only just bought my copy of this book I could hardly put it down. In fact, as I write I am starting to re-read it again. A remarkable story of a young officer's 6 years of service, of which the last 18 months was to see him through some of the toughest and most horrendous fighting of the Burma Campaign.
Gordon Graham's style of writing is easy, modest and straight from the heart. However, this does not mean that the events are made any the less real; or less frightening. From the relative calm of first arriving in India through to the bloody battle of Kohima and subsequent drive into Burma before hostilities ceased, the reader 'lives' through his experiences as an officer in Cameron's. On top of this Gordon had to deal with some personal tragedies, which would have tested the mettle of any human being, let alone one in a war situation.
There are also diarised narratives from his Daughter and Son-in-Law who went on a personal pilgrimage to follow in Gordon's footsteps - not an easy task given modern political restrictions in Eastern India and Burma.
Without being patronising, I take my hat off to Gordon Graham and those like him who lived through such experiences; yet retain their humanity, dignity and can even offer reconciliation towards their former enemies. I recommend this excellent book highly. You will not be disappointed.