I came across this book by accident. I had finished the one I brought with me and was looking through the bookshelves of the holiday house we were staying in. There was a lack of novels – mainly dictionaries (a lot of dictionaries, why would you need so many?) and encyclopedias. Tucked in amongst a couple of large history books was a thin paper back – Miracle on the River Kwai by Ernest Gordon (I found out it has been re released with a new title To End All Wars). This is the story of a Scottish solider and his time in the POW camps in Singapore and East Asia during WWII. The horrors are unimaginable and its amazing to think that anyone was able to escape from the camps alive, especially after 3 years.
I liked that this book told a different story of the war. One I hadn’t really heard before. Of course I knew about the POW camps, we visited Changi when we were in Singapore – but something about reading a book makes it more personal. And while Gordon doesn’t gloss over the horror, he does paint an optimistic, eternal perspective.