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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (June 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393334988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393334982
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Lomax, a British army soldier, was captured by the Japanese during the Singapore campaign of 1942. A railroad buff since a child, he took strange pleasure in his work as a POW on the Burma-Siam Railroad, which was later the subject of the film Bridge Over the River Kwai. When his captors discovered his detailed drawings of the railway, he was suspected as a spy and tortured for years. Fifty years later he discovered that the interpreter during his tortures was still alive. The two arranged a meeting and Lomax forgave him. Here is the exciting, moving and truthful account. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Lomax, a British Army signals officer, was captured by the victorious Japanese during the Singapore campaign in 1942. Fascinated by railroads ever since his childhood in Edinburgh, he took what pleasure he could in the irony of his slave-labor assignment as a POW: the construction of the Burma-Siam Railroad, made famous later in the David Lean film Bridge over the River Kwai. When guards discovered his lovingly detailed map of the right-of-way, Lomax was turned over to the Japanese secret police as a suspected spy. In the subsequent torture sessions, the interpreter, a young man named Nagase Takeshi, played a prominent role in the effort to break him down. Half a century later, by what he calls "an incredible and precious coincidence," Lomax learned that Takeshi was still living. A meeting of reconciliation at the Kwai River, which Lomax at first suspected was a fraudulent publicity stunt, was arranged. His graceful and restrained account of how the two men eventually became "blood-brothers" after Lomax granted Takeshi full forgiveness is deeply moving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grey Ghost on Oct. 24 2003
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You may think you've read enough harrowing accounts of someone's life as a prisoner of war, but what sets this memoir apart is the resolution of the author's searing memories of one Japanese tormentor in particular, and his life-changing efforts to find and reconnect with that man when both are in their 60s and beyond. Its an incredibly compelling and moving tale, from beginning to end, and beautifully written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Busch on June 15 2014
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I have found this book difficult to read, not because of the writing style but because Erik Lomax had the courage to tell us how much pain and sufferings he and and some of our men suffered to help the rest od us lives in a world of freedom that we so casually enjoyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Genny Walker on May 17 2014
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poignant yet rivoting at times. It shows that we should truly be thankful the freedoms we have and most have us have never once suffered the indignities or pain; we are the stronger for the bravery of those past and present and may God bless all who have and are serving
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doreen on March 4 2014
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Well written. Should be required reading in high school. His pain can be felt through his words. Lest we forget.
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A story often ignored of the war in Asia. An extension to the "Bridge on the River Kwai" story. Over 100,000 died in terrible circumstances building this jungle railway. Didn't appear long in cinemas since, I suppose, just not enough blood, gore & action (although it is very graphic in torture scenes & psychological torture) BUT an excellent true story with superlative acting by Firth & Ervine. Most of today's audience wants action heroes. A shame to miss this movie on that account. A true education in the horrors of war & the healing power of forgiveness.
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A great story of bravery and resolution in the face of the most despicable treatment a human could endure by his Japanese captures. All young people should read this book so as not to forget the atrocities committed during WW2 by the Japanese and the pain and suffering endured by soldiers like Eric Lomax for freedom.
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