on March 13, 2016
Gritty and authentic account of a 10 yr. old precocious boy plucked from a privileged life at the twilight of the British Empire and transformed by his years in a prison camp separated from his parents. Very well written. Perfectly captures the time period and provides fascinating insight into the various forms of adaptation required to survive a war as a civilian. The writing has a bit of a dreamlike quality sometimes, stemming from Jamie’s musings about the war and the occupants of the prison camp and requires concentration. The harsh realities are not glossed over at all in this book but there is nothing gratuitous in the descriptions of violence or privation experienced by both sides and is suitable for mature readers as young as 13. Both the book and the film are well worth your time, but be advised the film is based on the book and the novel’s narrative is different. You will be completely immersed in the story.
On the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, all European and American persons in Japanese occupied China were herded into internment camps. This is the story of one boy's war, eleven-year-old Jim who is separated from his parents on that fateful day. First living by his wits on the streets, a foreigner in the country in which he was born, and then later joining other British and Americans in an internment camp where he is used by everyone. This is a story of war and is a dark story, which progressively gets darker and darker. It was a good read but not a page-turner nor did it particularly touch me. I wish we had been given deeper insight into the other characters feelings and I had hoped for more by the ending. Nevertheless, a good read and an interesting point of view of World War II.