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My Life as a POW of the Japanese 1942-1945

British Soldier's Account of His Horrific Three and a Half Years as a Japanese POW on Java During World War II
Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Summary

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.

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Harrowing Story

The previous reviewer is ignorant. Sat no doubt in a comfortable house with three meals a day he has no idea of what these prisoners of the Japs went through. The fact that the author survived to come home after such an ordeal is testament to his fortitude and luck. An excellent description of what these brave people had to endure, the cruelty and deprivation. Strongly recommend this book.

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A dull tale from a bigoted, old English soldier

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.

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  • Sally Filler
  • 02-12-15

An ok story

A bit dry and more chronological than with a storyline. Interesting true story just not riveting.