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Will to Survive: Three and a Half Years as a Prisoner of the Japanese
     

Will to Survive: Three and a Half Years as a Prisoner of the Japanese

by Arthur Godman, Ronald Searle, Philip Meninsky
 

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Taken prisoner after the fall of Singapore in 1942, Arthur Godman spent the next three and a half years on the Burma-Siam railway, living in camps along the River Kwai. Like other POWs, he experienced disease and malnutrition and witnessed the painful deaths of many of his comrades. Yet somehow he retained his sense of humor and perspective, recalling, among the

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Taken prisoner after the fall of Singapore in 1942, Arthur Godman spent the next three and a half years on the Burma-Siam railway, living in camps along the River Kwai. Like other POWs, he experienced disease and malnutrition and witnessed the painful deaths of many of his comrades. Yet somehow he retained his sense of humor and perspective, recalling, among the casual cruelties inflicted by the Japanese, small acts of kindness between guards and prisoners which enabled him to retain his faith in humanity. In order to survive he attempted to achieve a relationship with his captors based on their common experience of adversity; learning Thai, teaching bridge, and stealing food. This glimpse of the terrifying world of the POW includes pictures by two other famous artists who were captives. 

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"A remarkable memoir."  —The Daily Telegraph

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ISBN-13:
9780750953115
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
750 KB

Meet the Author

Arthur Godman wrote more than 40 books on science and mathematics. Ronald Searle is an artist and cartoonist whose work has appeared in Life and The New Yorker. Philip Meninsky was an artist. Searle and Meninsky were also POWs.

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