The Railway Man: A POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness

The Railway Man: A POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness

by Eric Lomax


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Winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize

The Railway Man is a remarkable memoir of forgiveness—a tremendous testament to the courage that propels one toward remembrance, and finally, peace with the past.

Eric Lomax, sent to Malaya in World War II, was taken prisoner by the Japanese and put to punishing work on the notorious Burma-Siam railway. After the radio he illicitly helped to build in order to follow war news was discovered, he was subjected to two years of starvation and torture. He would never forget the interpreter at these brutal sessions. Fifty years after returning home from the war, marrying, and gaining the strength from his wife Patti to fight his demons, he learned the interpreter was alive. Through letters and meeting with his former torturer, Lomax bravely moved beyond bitterness drawing on an extraordinary will to extend forgiveness.

Now a major motion picture starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

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ISBN-13: 9780393344073
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/11/2014
Series: Movie Tie-in Editions Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eric Lomax was born in 1919 and volunteered for the Royal Corps of Signals in 1939. He died in England in 2012 at the age of 93.

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Railway Man: A POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
graingod More than 1 year ago
If you're a WWII buff, or just interested in learning the truth about WWII, not what you've been fed by Hollywood and politically-corrected history reinventors, read this book, it'll wake you up. The first fifty pages gives you no clue as to the direction this true story is headed, and you'd have to be a train buff to really enjoy them, but get through them, because you won't be disappointed. I find it amazing that Lomax could manage to write this memoir in such detail, because he would have had to suffer through the experience a second time to do it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lomax is a British patriot of the first order..his true accounting of his ordeal at the hands of the Jananese is at once horrible and all of war's ugliness the human spirit will still triumph !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This beautifully written and succinctly told story of Eric Lomax's war years and especially captivity by the Japanese during the Second World War in Asia is an account about life as a POW told like never before. Man's ability to fight for survival under the most horrendous of situations is portrayed so well that it comes out as a book on survival and a lot more. Eric Lomax's Railway Man is a highly recommended read. Like in the story Flash of the Sun, we learn of the so many post-war difficulties that POWs suffer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Filled with detail from start to finish, Mr. Lomax gives the account of his life. From his early youth, and his facination with trains to his enlistment in the service at the begining of WW II. His terrible experience at the hands of the Japanese soldiers as a POW--torture, beatings, threats, starvation, disease. He brings it out in living color for all to witness. He continues with accounts of how he dealt with the hidden mental scars such experience leaves deep within, and how he came to face one of his tormentors years later--not with malice but forgiveness. This extraordinary tale of a man's life, and how it had been horrifically interupted, and how he eventually overcomes the bitterness to free himself is inspiring.
JHartJH More than 1 year ago
Lomax relates an interesting tale. I have not seen any reviews of British POW's experiences. You have to understand the Brits pension for understatement. For example he would tell of torture he experienced and simply review it as uncomfortable. Again, I am amazed about the Japanese universal acceptance of brutality. I highly recomend this book to anyone interested in WWII history.
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