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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (May 6 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143168517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143168515
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.4 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ernest Hillen was born in Holland but moved, with his family, to Indonesia when he was three. During the Second World War, he spent three and a half years in Japanese prison camps in Java. He immigrated to Canada in 1952. He has written for and edited major Canadian magazines including Maclean's and Saturday Night. Ernest Hillen is also the author of The Way of a Boy, and its sequel, Small Mercies: A Boy after War.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Author on Nov. 1 1999
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A decided to read this book after I heard the news that a movie based on it staring Jane Seymour will be filming next year. I read it only to better understand the movie, and was extremely surprised at what an excellent story I found it to be. It is told from the perspective of a little boy, about his struggles and triumphs, and the little things that help him cope with life in a concentration camp run by Japanese. If you think this is your typical "WW II survivor story", guess again. As I was reading I forgot the book was about a concentration camp. It became the story of a ordinary boy and his mother, and their day-to-day life amidst a horrific background. The harsh reality is it is a true story. I hope the movie does it justice. This book is extremely under-rated. It is up to par with Oprah's book club books. Please read it, and I think you will be surprised. If anyone knows how I can contact the author, please let me know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1 2001
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i am 16 years old and read this book for the first time last year. i truly enjoyed reading the book. i am not into books which have a difficult plot or a lot of long words but anyone can undersatnd this book. i cant imagine what the boy would have went through and had to keep on reminding myself that this actually happened. i definitely do not think that this book is given the credit in which it is worth. reading the book makes you realise what a good life you have compared to what the boy went through. so go out and read the book now. p.s. have a box of tissues ready!!!
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By eugene kunishi on March 15 2000
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The story is beyond an ugliness of human nature.How any one dare to challenge "How about Hiroshima ?" The boy is above all these and almost religius. The Japanese Emperor and the Governmentaologized for the undue cruelities inflickted on the internees, but the most interesting thing is that they did no do so to their own people who were victims themselves under the Japanese Military systems.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a truly great book March 1 2001
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Format: Paperback
i am 16 years old and read this book for the first time last year. i truly enjoyed reading the book. i am not into books which have a difficult plot or a lot of long words but anyone can undersatnd this book. i cant imagine what the boy would have went through and had to keep on reminding myself that this actually happened. i definitely do not think that this book is given the credit in which it is worth. reading the book makes you realise what a good life you have compared to what the boy went through. so go out and read the book now. p.s. have a box of tissues ready!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read! June 2 2008
By 2Lips - Published on Amazon.com
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When I was a very little girl, we lived in Indonesia and were in Japanese concentration camps during WWII.
I was interested in reading this book, because my brother was taken away at 11 and sent to a men's camp all by himself. I wanted to know what he had gone through.
This book will tell you a little of what we all went through in those years. It is written from a young boys view point and that was helpful to keep it less of a heavy read.
I think very few people know how many of us suffered hunger and illness in POW camps under the Japanese. It is history and hopefully we won't have to re-live this.
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Memories of WWII Sept. 19 2012
By El Critico - Published on Amazon.com
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A real account of Dutch citizens in Java (Indonesia when it was a Dutch colony) and the atrocities suffered by Dutch families who were forced into concentration camps by the Japenese.

Not a master literary account but told in a simple straight forward manner. Its a tale written by someone that lived through this period and survived. It is a memoir to many who survived and the not so fortunate who perished.
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innocence March 15 2000
By eugene kunishi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The story is beyond an ugliness of human nature.How any one dare to challenge "How about Hiroshima ?" The boy is above all these and almost religius. The Japanese Emperor and the Governmentaologized for the undue cruelities inflickted on the internees, but the most interesting thing is that they did no do so to their own people who were victims themselves under the Japanese Military systems.
Normal is constant change March 16 2013
By Ann H. Orr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The narrator tells the story through the eyes of the boy he was. This is more than another concentration camp setting and more than a coming of age story. This person is touched by forces of which he has no knowledge. I yearn to know the afterword. What his life evolved into and how his experiences shaped him as an adult. This book is well worth reading.

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