Three Came Home, Paperback Book
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Life in a Japanese prison camp in Borneo. Humanity and inhumanity of war. Author writes fairly about everyone, including the Japanese guards. Astonishing and touching book, and one I'm surprised hasn't been heard of more.

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When the Second World War broke out in the East, the author was a popular author, living a privileged colonial life in Borneo, with her civil servant husband and toddler son. Refusing opportunities to escape back to the USA, she found herself in a series of Japanese camps with other women and children . Ms Keith relays everyday life for them - ever-decreasing rations, only made tolerable by smuggling - violent punishments, disease and the fear for their menfolk in an adjoining camp, as the Japanese seek to get rid of their 'proudery and arrogance.'Yet despite the war, there were instances of extreme kindness, as some Japanese smuggled food to their captives, such that Ms Keith was motivated to give a written testimonial to one guard to protect him against the Allies.Wonderfully enlivened by little b/w line drawings by the author,Great read that brings the War to life.

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