Way of a Boy: A Memoir Of Java Paperback – May 6 2008
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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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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.
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.