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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: May 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Marianne Skarshaug | 1/18/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Rose Clawson | 1/17/2014

    " Broke my brain and aged me 5 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah | 1/8/2014

    " You can forgive but never forget... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Ruth | 1/6/2014

    " This book is a touchstone for me. An astonishing story of forgiving the unforgivable, decades after the fac, Railway Man changed my idea of what people are capable of. I am so glad he wrote it, though I know it must have cost him, living through all that again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 12/19/2013

    " A book of great contrasts I was engaged from start to finish. It is a story that needed to be told. After all that happened to Lomax he was able to forgive his captors. The book finished with 'sometime the hating has to stop' which was the best possible ending to a sad and sorry story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 11/21/2013

    " Excellent hard to put down. Looking forward to the film when it arrives in Australia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 5/29/2013

    " I was really struck by the difficulties of reconciliation of this man with someone who had hurt him so much. The last chapter was very emotional and moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mathew Bridle | 5/1/2013

    " I read this when it came after hearing Eric Lomax in a radio interview. A must read for anyone who says 'you don't know what they did, I can't forgive them' tell them to read this then decide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Johnson | 1/20/2013

    " This is a top read culminating with a meeting with his tormentor. A very moving story indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil | 12/28/2012

    " An amazing, honest and upsetting story of Eric lomaxs horrible experiences as a pow. Well worth a read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 6/2/2012

    " I'm very glad I read this book as it expressed the best and worst of humanity. The torture of the British POWs is appalling but the writers analysis an his ultimate humanity to his former torturer is humbling. I would descibe this as a must read book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 3/1/2012

    " The first 4 chapters were incredibly dull for me and hard going, but glad I persevered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Rumsey | 7/20/2011

    " A moving, true story of human survival and courage. A scottish man captured by the Japanese during WWII, and the horrors he endured as a POW. Fifty years later he meets with the cruelest of his torturers, and forgives him. An honest and humbling tale, beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicola Eves | 6/19/2011

    " Read it before the movie comes out! The first few chapters are ok, but then it becomes fantastic. Beautifully written, achingly honest. Every member of our armed forces should read this book. An amazing true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Andrew Westwood | 3/20/2011

    " Bloody brilliant book. A classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. | 2/26/2011

    " The prose is not the most accomplished but the story is overwhelming. I read this years ago and still remember with horror the torture Lomax went through. And still, amazingly, at the end, forgiveness! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mathew | 2/15/2011

    " I read this when it came after hearing Eric Lomax in a radio interview. A must read for anyone who says 'you don't know what they did, I can't forgive them' tell them to read this then decide. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 5/26/2010

    " It is impossible to read this book and not take something back for yourself. This is a memory for the humanity.
    Could not put the book down and loved the style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 9/9/2009

    " 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 Laura | 1/15/2008

    " Broke my brain and aged me 5 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. | 12/4/2007

    " The prose is not the most accomplished but the story is overwhelming. I read this years ago and still remember with horror the torture Lomax went through. And still, amazingly, at the end, forgiveness! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah | 11/20/2007

    " You can forgive but never forget... "

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