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The Railway Man (Vintage War)

Eric Lomax

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ISBN 10: 0099597551 / ISBN 13: 9780099597551
Published by Vintage Classics, 2014
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Railway Man (Vintage War)

Publisher: Vintage Classics

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Eric Lomax (1919-2012) had always been fascinated by steam locomotives; during the Second World War he became a railway man on the notorious Japanese Burma route. In this memoir he describes the captivity and abuse that he somehow survived and his meeting, many years later, with one of his torturers.

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Eric Lomax, a British army soldier, was captured by the Japanese during the Singapore campaign of 1942. A railroad buff since a child, he took strange pleasure in his work as a POW on the Burma-Siam Railroad, which was later the subject of the film Bridge Over the River Kwai. When his captors discovered his detailed drawings of the railway, he was suspected as a spy and tortured for years. Fifty years later he discovered that the interpreter during his tortures was still alive. The two arranged a meeting and Lomax forgave him. Here is the exciting, moving and truthful account.

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