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Arthur Charles gives a personal account of his time as a POW on Java, including the use of secret radios and how he survived a firing squad. He depicts amazing resilience, resourcefulness, and even moments of humour amid the horror of captivity, where he suffered terrible mistreatment and deliberate efforts to humiliate. He managed to learn skills from other POWs such as contract bridge, chess, shorthand, and even English law.
This is not an interesting tale or a book with any structure. It’s a boring account, without much detail, of a POW experience. There are a few anecdotes, but much of the story is coloured by the author’s clear and continued loathing of the Japanese and his endorsement of the use of atomic weapons. He also makes it clear he thinks force is the only way to solve problems.
There must be better and more rounded accounts than this. Do not read this book.
A bit dry and more chronological than with a storyline. Interesting true story just not riveting.