A naive young man, a railway enthusiast and radio buff, was caught up in the fall of the British Empire at Singapore in 1942.
He was put to work on the 'Railway of Death' - the Japanese line from Thailand to Burma.
Exhaustively and brutally tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio, Lomax was emotionally ruined by his experiences.
Almost 50 years after the war, however, his life was changed by the discovery that his interrogator, the Japanese interpreter, was still alive - their reconciliation is the culmination of this extraordinary story.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, map
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/01/1998
- Category: Autobiography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780099582311
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Review by johnthefireman
A very good book about the Burma war-time railway, from an interesting angle.
Review by Gwynny
This is without a doubt THE most moving book I have read.I'm not easily moved but I was in bits by the time I reached the last page. A book of torture and, more importantly, forgiveness.
Review by nigeyb
The Japanese treatment of their Prisoners Of War during World War Two is about as monstrous as it's possible to imagine. Curiously though, and despite some horrific personal experiences at the hands of his captors, Eric Lomax's account is most memorable as an inspiring, humbling and remarkable reminder of much that is good about humanity. There is so much in this book: early Scottish childhood memories; a lifelong obsession with railways; joining a Christian sect as a teenager; travelling to India as a Royal Signals soldier; the disastrous fall of Singapore in 1942; torture and beatings by the Kempetai (the Japanese secret police); Changi, the notorious labour camp in Singapore in 1945; survival against the odds; liberation; Eric's undiagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Eric's eventually rehabilitation; an unlikely love story; and finally, acceptance, forgiveness, and friendship and reconciliation with one of his captors.The writing is simple and accessible, the contents profound and memorable. An exceptional memoir.
Review by MathewBridle
I read this when it came after hearing Eric Lomax in a radio interview. A must read for anyone who says 'you don't know what they did, I can't forgive them' tell them to read this then decide.