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The railway man :a true story of war, remembrance, and forgiveness


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"A TIMELY BOOK THAT TOUCHES UPON GREAT ISSUES. . . . He contributes monumentally to our understanding of war and remembrance."
--The Boston Globe
Throughout his childhood Eric Lomax possessed a passion for trains. In an ironic twist of fate, he was captured by the Japanese during World War II and sent to Thailand to work on the infamous Burma-Siam railroad, the barbaric project that claimed the lives of 250,000 men. There he constructed a radio to bring news of the war and secretly drew a map of the railroad. For this, Lomax suffered brutal and incessant torture and interrogation. Standing by through it all was Nagase Takashi, a young Japanese soldier who translated the captor's questions and Lomax's replies. Fifty years later, Lomax sought out this Japanese tormentor, meeting him on a hillside overlooking the River Kwai Bridge. But Lomax's object in meeting Takashi again was not revenge. It was reconciliation.
Here is a remarkable true story of forgiveness--a tremendous testament to the courage that propels one toward remembrance, and finally, peace with the past. A classic war autobiography, The Railway Man is a powerful tale of survival and of the human capacity to understand even those who have done us unthinkable harm.
"[Lomax] has a straightforward story and he tells it quietly and with dignity. But at the end one feels the old dramatic shock: an amazed, even fearful suspicion that the curtain on eternity was pulled back slightly, for a moment."
--The New York Times Book Review
"An extraordinary book."

Product Details

A True Story of War, Rememberance and Forgiveness
Lomax, Eric
Random House
New York :
Military - General
United States - 20th Century
Railroads - History
Prisoners of war
Burma-siam railroad
Prisoners of war -- Great Britain -- Biography.
World War, 19
Edition Description:
1st Ballantine Books ed.
Publication Date:
Trade Paper
276 p.
8.21x5.54x.84 in. .61 lbs.

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