14th out of 30 books — 8 voters
Comfort Woman: A Filipina's Story of Prostitution and Slavery Under the Japanese Military
From Comfort Woman: "We began the day with breakfast, after which we swept and cleaned our rooms. Then we went to the bathroom downstairs to wash the only dress we had and to bathe. The bathroom did not even have a door, so the soldiers watched us. We were all naked, and they laughed at us, especially me and the other young girl who did not have any pubic hair. At two, the...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published March 18th 1999 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published January 1st 1999)
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Jun 23, 2010 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. The part about Maria Rosa's being a comfort woman for the Japanese occupied only one chapter. The chapters before that dealt with the circumstances of her birth and her life up until becoming a comfort woman. Maria was fortunate--if that term can be used--that her ordeal only lasted 9 months, unlike other women, who were forced into prostitution for years and moved around from country to country with the Japanese troops. The chapters afte...more
This was a very simply but powerfully written book about a woman who has faced some of the worst evils humanity has to offer. She survives, although certainly not intact. It is heart wrenching and is a reminder of what war, rape and poverty can do to human beings.