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The Railway Man

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Description

During the Second World War Eric Lomax was forced to work on the notorious Burma-Siam Railway and was tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio.

Left emotionally scarred and unable to form normal relationships, Lomax suffered for years until, with the help of his wife, Patti Lomax, and of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, he came terms with what happened. Fifty years after the terrible events, he was able to meet one of his tormentors.

The Railway Man is a story of innocence betrayed, and of survival and courage in the face of horror.

From Publishers Weekly

04 September 1995 – Lomax, a British Army signals officer, was captured by the victorious Japanese during the Singapore campaign in 1942. Fascinated by railroads ever since his childhood in Edinburgh, he took what pleasure he could in the irony of his slave-labor assignment as a POW: the construction of the Burma-Siam Railroad, made famous later in the David Lean film Bridge over the River Kwai. When guards discovered his lovingly detailed map of the right-of-way, Lomax was turned over to the Japanese secret police as a suspected spy. In the subsequent torture sessions, the interpreter, a young man named Nagase Takeshi, played a prominent role in the effort to break him down. Half a century later, by what he calls "an incredible and precious coincidence,'' Lomax learned that Takeshi was still living. A meeting of reconciliation at the Kwai River, which Lomax at first suspected was a fraudulent publicity stunt, was arranged. His graceful and restrained account of how the two men eventually became ``blood-brothers'' after Lomax granted Takeshi full forgiveness is deeply moving.

Customer Reviews

Incredible true story.

Mr Lomax is a true hero and gentleman. Thank you for this book

The railway man

A movingly brilliant account of brutal times I hope we will never know

A moving tale

This is not the sort of book I would usually read; however, Mr. Lomax describes his terrible experiences in Thailand during the war and the long lasting effects they had on him with disturbingly matter of fact delivery.

His description of his feelings and mental state along with the wonderful help he received leads to an uplifting end.

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The Railway Man
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  • £5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biography
  • Published: 06 October 2009
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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