To the Kwai and Back: War Drawings, 1939-1945

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This remarkable document, which the artist 40 years later modestly deprecates as ``graffiti,'' may in its authenticity and power to stir emotion remind readers of Goya. A British Army volunteer posted to Singapore in 1941, Searle was for four years a prisoner of the Japanese. Determination and talent spurred him to record in pen and ink his own and fellow prisoners' circumstances. Searle was ``among the reprieved'' and his visual diary survived, now published here for the first time. With ironic, surprisingly lighthearted commentary, he documents Singapore's fall with depictions of torture and executions, the slave-built Siam-Burma railroad where two-thirds of Searle's group died, the horror of insect-ridden jungle laborers beaten to amuse the guards and the eventual return of 5000 men to a Changi prison built for 600. Searle's moving drawings only occasionally suggest the style of his more familiar, recent cartoons. (April 28)
Library Journal
First-person accounts of life in a Japanese POW camp are not common, and illustrated memoirs are rare indeed. Searle, a young British art student, was captured at the fall of Singapore and spent the next four years covertly sketching his captors and fellow prisoners. His work matured as the war progressed, growing from merely facile to totally captivating. He grew skilled at suggesting personality, and many of his drawings are unforgettable. A brief personal narrative accompanies the portfolio, placing the works into historic perspective. Artistically as as well as historically, this book is a treat. Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871130730
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1985
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Pages: 192

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