• The Railway Man

    The Railway Man (Hardback) By (author) Eric Lomax

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    DescriptionA naive young man, a radio 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 and Burma. This was the most disastrous engineering project in history, which killed 250,000 Allied prisoners and Thai labourers. Lomax helped to build a radio so that he and his comrades could follow news of the war. The Japanese discovered the radio and Lomax was exhaustively and brutally tortured. One of his tormentors was a young Japanese interpreter; Lomax never forgot him. Despite an outwardly successful life, Lomax was emotionally ruined by his experiences and could never share them with anyone. ALmost 50 years after the war, his life was changed by the discovery that his interrogator, the Japanese interpreter, was still alive. This is the story of a tragic life and a transformed old age.


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    Title
    The Railway Man
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eric Lomax
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Weight: 617 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780224041874
    ISBN 10: 0224041878
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC E4L: WAR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA
    BISAC V2.8: NON000000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF, JWXR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FM
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 940.547252092
    LC subject heading:
    Illustrations note
    4 maps
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    Jonathan Cape Ltd
    Publication date
    10 August 1995
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    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 MARGARET FORSTER Editor's note: Margaret Forster is the author of many books, including The Memory Box. (Kirkus UK)