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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.
A profound and beautifully written story...one of the most moving accounts to have come out of the Second World War
This book has to be read
This beautiful, awkward book tells the story of a fine and awkward man. Here, I think, is an account that rises above mere timeliness and comes near to being a classic of autobiography
Ian Jack, Guardian
An autobiographical story about Eric Lomax and his pilgrimage in life.Eric is a young boy born and raised in Edinburgh just before the outbreak of the Second World War who's passionate about railways. He finds himself caged and brutally beaten in south-east Asia where he is kept as a prisoner of war along with other British soldiers, tried and found unlawfully guilty.They experience torture and humiliation and are ironically enough, obliged to work in the construction of the Railway Road connecting Burma with Siam.Unable to talk about what he went through as a POW upon fleeing to Scotland, his life becomes difficult to deal with. His wife Patti is the one who encourages him to get in touch with Nagase-his torturer- in order to come to terms with the past, thus reconciling the past with the present and the future.Though, this is not a novel that depicts redemption as a whole, Eric's soul finds comfort only after meeting with Nagase whom he finally forgives.
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'A moving and remarkable triumph' Sebastian Faulks, Independent on Sunday
One of the truly great war stories.
Eric Lomax was born in 1919. During the Second World War he was captured and tortured by the Japanese Army and forced to work on the notorious Burma-Siam railway. He met and forgave his torturer in 1995 ...