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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Lomax Narrator: Bill Paterson Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patience Mason | 2/20/2014

    " Did you know the Japanese were actually throwing firecrackers and didn't really have guns. That's what this poor young Scotsman was told when the war started and his unit was shipped to Singapore where they were captured by Japs with guns! The rest of the book is a story of captivity which will make you cringe and weep, followed by an amazing reunion with one of the interpreters who doesn't pretend about what the POW's went through. It is an amazing read. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maggie Barr | 2/16/2014

    " some of the images have stayed with me. he paints a vivid picture "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Cullen | 2/8/2014

    " It is hard to be objective about this harrowing story as a piece of literature. The account of the treatment of the POWs is shocking and has a graphic immediacy that history books and movies fail to convey. A surprising part of the book for me is the coverage of the forty year period after the war where he is understandably alienated from just about everyone around him. The brevity with which this section is dealt with hints at how brutal life must have been with him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marianne Skarshaug | 1/18/2014

    " Not a tale of survival...more a tragedy without end. "

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