Three Came Home

Three Came Home

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When the Japanese take Borneo in 1942, Agnes Keith is captured and imprisoned with her two-year-old son. Fed on minimal rations, forced to work through recurrent bouts of malaria and fighting with rats for scraps of food, Agnes Keith's spirit never completely dies. Keeping notes on scraps of paper which she hides in her son's home-made toys or buries in tins, she records a mother's pain at watching her child go hungry and her poignant pride in his development within these strange confines. She also describes her captors in all their complexity. Colonel Suga, the camp commander, is an intelligent, highly educated man, at times her adversary, at others a strange ally in a distorted world.
Publisher: London : 2002, c1948
ISBN: 9780907871286
0907871283
Branch Call Number: ANF 940.547252092 KEIT
Characteristics: 298 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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Aug 31, 2013

An easy (yet difficult) to read first person account of life as an internee at a Japanese POW and civilian camp in Kuching on the island of Borneo. I've read historical fiction about the Japanese internment by the US - now I'm very interested in reading more non-fiction about both sides.

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Aug 31, 2013

"I believe that:

While we have more than we need on this Continent, and others die for want of it, there can be no lasting peace.
When we work as hard in peacetime to make this world decent to live in , as in wartime we work to kill, the world will be decent, and the causes for which men fight will be gone.”

Agnes Newton Keith

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