bookshelves: winter-20132014, published-1995, nonfiction, autobiography-memoir, war, burma, under-500-ratings
Read from January 03 to 10, 2014
1. Eric Lomax's best-selling autobiography, featuring his wartime experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese. Read by Alec Heggie.
2. The outbreak of the Second World War allows the young Scot to escape from his mundane Post Office job.
3. When Singapore falls in February 1942, the signals officer soon finds himself a prisoner of the Japanese.
4. The signals officer brands the Burma-Siam railway as 'the last cruel enterprise of the railway age'.
5. The guards discover the prisoners' home-made radio set. The autobiography of a prisoner of the Japanese,
6. Having been transferred and brutalised by his Japanese captors, the signals officer's interrogation begins.
7. Almost 50 years after the end of World War Two, the former officer meets one of his Japanese tormentors.
8. Striking a balance between remembering the horrors of war and harbouring hate.
Eric Lomax when he met with one of his former torturers, Nagase.
Excellent production of this gruelling memoir and I'm looking forward to the film.
The forgiveness at the end brings such a lump to the throat and wonder if I could be that magnanimous.