Reader Review says Andy Millars book is “A tremendous book. A “must read”!,
This book by Andy Millar is the most intensely satisfying book I have read in many a long year. To encapsulate it in a few words is impossible, for it brings out many emotions for equally as many reasons.
Basically, I suppose, one would consider it a war book – one of probably thousands which tell various aspects of World War II. Andy Millar’s father was a seaman on a merchant ship which was attacked and sunk by a German raider. Millar then swings the story from side to side, relating the experiences of the war at sea from the viewpoints of both the German raider’s captain as well as the sailors on the British steamers sunk by the raider. Millar follows the survivors to a convent in Japan, converted to serve as a concentration camp, where they are held for several years.
Sounds a simple story, doesn’t it? But it’s so much more.
It tells of human endurance under harsh treatment by brutal overseers. It shows that, with firm and understanding leadership, a community under extreme provocation can hold together steadfastly. The stories of how individuals act, react, shine, falter, despair, celebrate and, finally, triumph, lifts the book above most other wartime books I have read.
Millar also takes the trouble to conclude the book properly. He finds out what happened to the principal players after their release from the concentration camp and their return to civilian life. I found it fascinating that while some were able to put their experiences behind them, others were given to a restlessness that was to haunt them for the rest of their lives.
A great read!
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