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#Geographical Details Were Particularly #details were particularly to meI thought it was very clear of Martin to write himself into the plot as the young boy David Merriton early on in the novel If you ve read Gweilo Martin S Autobiography And Last Book Martin s autobiography and last book ll see that he did in act meet a
and out Hiroshima Joe is a great achievement in iction which while Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old following the story of oneascinating man ties together the all of Hong Kong Japanese POW camps the destruction of Hiroshima post war Hong Kong and opium addiction However It is also a deeply engaging personal story of pain survival love and dignity The author manages to pull off a sometimes difficult structure where each chapter alternates between wartime and post war events in the life of the main character This is one of the greatest books I have ever read It is an incredible achievement by Martin Booth The characters the rawness of the story and events make this such an enjoyable read The brutal realities of war and the ight of the human spirit are very well detailed in a story that Gray Bishop flows effortlessly Highly recommended This book is what reading is all about From a Japanese civilian who at great risk helped Allied POW s in a camp outside of Hiroshima whose son died a drafted kamikaze and whose wife in the Hiroshima bombing Joe he said I am sorryor what my people did to you and your people just as you will one day be sorry or what your allies the Americans did to the Japanese people Never orget that it is men who are mad not nations Men make wars Nations do not Leaders do who need never ight but send others to die Politicians are the corrupt ones They decide but it is we the common men the innocent people of the race who act or them And suffer in their place How blind and stupid and hateful and arrogant we remain How we relish Cheap Hong Kong hotel scrounging Liar forood and the occasional bar girl The locals call him Hiroshima Joe with a mixture of pity and contempt But Joe haunted by the sounds and voices of his past debilitated by illn.Down And Out Hiroshima Joe Is A Great Achievement In
Martin Booth ☆ 8 Read & DownloadHaving been very moved by Industry of Souls and in the Oceans Of Mercy Both of Mercy by Martin Booth I tracked down a copy of Hiroshima Joe on the internet I ound the writing and content of the book very good if rather harrowing Martin Booth writes with great sensitivity and humanity about the bond that can Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are form amongst people during extreme hardship and the after effects of war on ordinary citizens The story is set between Hong Kong in the 1950 s and Japanese prisoner of war camps both in Hong Kong and the outskirts of Hiroshima during the second world war My only criticism of the book is there is a lot of to my mind unnecessary geographical detail describing the streets of Hong Kong in the early stages of the book I know that Martin Booth spent his childhood there and it was as though he was reliving the streets of his childhood this was one of his earlier books so perhaps his sense of timing and plot development was not uite as sophisticated as his later novels That is the only reason this book did not rate a 5 starsrom me One of my all time Gaffer favorite book From the last days of the battleor Hong Kong in December of 1941 to the POW camps Circumstantial Evidence first in Hong Kong and later in Japan to 1951 Hong Kong weollow the story of Joe and how the war effected himRecommend reading Booth s Golden Boy which goes hand and hand with this Finds a great balance between gripping and informative not to mention gruesome graphicality all at the same time It took 3 attempts to read Hiroshima Joe My persistence paid off as once I got into the main character Joe Sandringham and the rich descriptions of Hong Kong in the 40s and 50s I was compelled to keep on readingI thoroughly enjoyed this book not only as a Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers former resident of Colonial Hong Kong but also as a history enthusiast I attended the same high school as Martin Booth in the early 60s King Ge. Captured by Hirohito's soldiers at theall of Hong Kong and transferred to a Japanese slave camp outside Hiroshima Captain Joe Sandingham was present when the bomb was dropped Now a shell of a man he lives in He ear A talented writer beautiful color and descriptions I PICKED UP THE NOVEL BECAUSE IT TAKES PLACE picked up the novel because it takes place East Asia where I lived or than a decade So the topic
#Is Close To My #close to my The magic breaks when he moves into topics he doesn t always understand well Gay men do not lust after boys any than straight men lust after underage girls A plot twist probably meant to be dark and creepy came off worse ugly and repulsive His descriptions of life in Hong Kong were wonderfully evocative accurate and A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping felt right on the mark But descriptions of life in Japan left meeeling he hadn t actually met many Japanese people Trust me ritual suicide is pretty rare But I stuck to the novel until the end not because I liked the characters The beauty of his writing and curiosity about how he d take on historical events kept me reading Sad story that could be tale of so many men who were POW under the brutality of the Japanese and the despair that ollowed so many of them after the war At times over descriptive and I nearly gave up pleased I Did not could have done with some EditingEnjoyed The Story Of An the story of an Officer a closet homosexual a man who suffered so much as a POW and continued to suffer in peace time as he existed his days living in HK his wits keeping him alive just Deeply touching at times disturbing thought provoking and profoundly sad as it describes the horrors of war as experienced by an Englishman captured during the occupation of Hong Kong and shipped of to Japanese prisoner of war campsEven though it was so changed he knew that under its veneer Hong Kong was still as it had always been with its tiny crowded streets and ood stalls its temples and alleys its throngs of people and never ending state of motionJoseph Sandingham Died Christmas Eve 1952 He saw what no man should be made to see he died Summer Meditations fearing what we all mustear. Ess and shattered by his wartime ordeal is a man whose compassion and will to survive define a clear eyed and unexpected heroism One of the most powerful novels about the experience of war God Said, Ha!: A Memoir first published in 1985.