Keywords: Realistic. Epic. Historical.
This book tells the tale of an Australian doctor living as a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp. This is not a story for the faint of heart. Detailed descriptions and narrations of conditions in the camp, the illness, the starvation, the cruelty, the air of death that hangs over everything make for a serious, albeit very moving read. It is disturbing to imagine the conditions under which thousands lived, and died. Intertwined with the main narrative is the love story of the protagonist and the feelings of guilt and inner conflict that torment him. This book describes war in all its forms, in the external world between countries and in the internal world of one man’s heart.