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The Flamboya Tree: Memories of a Mother's Wartime Courage

The Flamboya Tree: Memories of a Mother's Wartime Courage

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by Clara Kelly

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The Flamboya Tree is a fascinating story that will leave the reader informed about a missing piece of the World War II experience, and in awe of one family’s survival.”
—Elizabeth M. Norman, author of We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese

“It is a well-known

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The Flamboya Tree: Memories of a Mother's Wartime Courage 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bookclubmember More than 1 year ago
This is a personal memoir, not a history book, not a mystery, not a biography. One might wonder why the author does not persue her father after the war. One might wonder why she doesn't seek his perspectives. Remember that this is the recollections of a child. With that in mind, it is okay, but not stiulating. She points out the things she remembers from a child's perspective. The strong point is the protection and love she felt that was given by a mother with astrong will to have er children survive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an excellent read. I could barely put it down and finished it in 4 hours. Clara tells the story of her young family and their struggle to survive during a tragic time in history that most people know nothing about. Her vivid descriptions were beautiful, and sometimes gut-wrenching. This writer has a gift of story telling that most only dream of. She also portrays her mother in such a lovely way, and gives the reader a new respect for those who have raised them. I was extremely touched by this book, and reccomend it to anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to survive in a concentration camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clara Olink, a priviledged young Dutch wife and mother of three small children spend 4 years of WWII in one of the worst, most despicable Japanese concentration camps in the Dutch East Indies' island of Java. A true story of a mother's unbeatable spirit and her desire to bring her children safely through a horrendous childhood with the aid of a Children's Bible and a favorite frameless small painting of a flamboya tree. Clara Olink's story ranks with Agnes Newton Keith's "Three Came Home", I read years ago. MDK75