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The Railway Man - Eric Lomax

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Published: 6th June 1996
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A naive young man, a railway enthusiast and radio buff, was caught up in the fall of the British Empire at Singapore in 1942. He was put to work on the 'Railway of Death' - the Japanese line from Thailand to Burma. Exhaustively and brutally tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio, Lomax was emotionally ruined by his experiences. Almost 50 years after the war, however, his life was changed by the discovery that his interrogator, the Japanese interpreter, was still alive - their reconciliation is the culmination of this extraordinary story.

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If film followed story line of book it should be a good read currently unread (not enough hours in the day)

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Forgiveness after abject cruelty

By Ozkid

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    Although the author suffered terrible cruelty by his captors, he has written his story with a gentle approach. His life began in an ordinary way, but he is always consumed by his passion for Railway Engines. There is quite a bit written about these engines, all of which went over my head, but is a strong thread throughout his life experiences. His war experiences leave the reader wondering how any human being can survive such cruelty; how can another human being be so cruel to another. It tells the story of the building of the Burma railway, the harshness of the terrain and living conditions and pays tribute to the men who lost their lives doing so as Japanese Prisoners of War.
    Despite Eric Lomax's suffering during and after the war, he came to a place where he could forgive one particular Japanese interpreter he encountered, who also had the grace to seek forgiveness from Eric.

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    Interesting book re reconcilliation

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    For reasons I don't understand myself, I've always been drawn towards books about both world wars and especially accounts of experiences in prison camps. There is something about the nature of being imprisoned in such circumstances - I'm equally addicted to all the hostage stories - which fascinates as well as horrifies me. It's not the details of any brutality or physical suffering which I find compelling but the mental and emotional reactions of the prisoners - how do they survive? And do they survive in any real sense? This book addresses both questions and answers them more completely than any I have ever read. It is most eloquently written - smooth, clear, with the anger which fuels it controlled to such a remarkable degree that it is mistaken at first for detachment. But Eric Lomax is not detached from the horrors inflicted upon him. Instead, he has absorbed them, at last, after for so long being ruinously absorbed by them. A staggeringly compelling and moving book. Review by author MARGARET FORSTER Editor's note: Margaret Forster is the author of many books, including The Memory Box. (Kirkus UK)

    ISBN: 9780099582311
    ISBN-10: 0099582317
    Series: Vintage War
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 256
    Published: 6th June 1996
    Publisher: Random House
    Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.2  x 2.0
    Weight (kg): 0.19