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Railway Man,The : Vintage War - Eric Lomax

Railway Man,The

Vintage War


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 acrude 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 interpretor, was still alive - their reconciliation is the culmination of this extraordinary story."


Currently unread


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

Tasmania Aust

Forgiveness after abject cruelty


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.



Interesting book re reconcilliation


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The Railway Man

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"What a great book. What a great man" -- Harry Ritchie * Daily Mail * "Forget the grueling films, just read the brilliant books" * Independent * "This beautiful, awkward book tells the story of a fine and awkward man. Here, I think, is an account that rises above mere timeliness and comes near to being a classic of autobiography" -- Ian Jack * Guardian * "When I turned to the book, the complexity of Lomax's emotions came alive and burned off the page" * Independent * "Of all the billions of words that have been written about the Second World War, with the exception of Churchill's Nobel Prize winning history, it is not an exaggeration to say there is no account of it more worth reading that this. Wistfully romantic, historically important, startling, horrifying and ultimately electrifyingly uplifting, The Railway Man is as indispensable as any book can be." -- Tom Peck * Independent *

ISBN: 9780099582311
ISBN-10: 0099582317
Series: Vintage War
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 6th June 1996
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1