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White Butterflies

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This autobiography describes one of the worst but least documented refugee tragedies of World War II. Tens of thousands of civilians perished on the dreaded Hukwang Valley trail, dubbed later by the American General Stilwell as 'the path to hell'. Colin's extraordinary journey takes him from his birthplace in Burma to Britain, and on to Bowral in NSW.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by University of New South Wales Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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One of the saddest and most beautiful books I've ever read on the flight of those residents of Burma who chose to flee the Japanese advancing army in 1942. The tale is told by one of the survivors who lost his sister, brother and mother on the trek to freedom in Assam and India, but the story is more than the story of the thousands of refugees who survived (or didn't) the trek, it is also a tale of a mixed Burmese-Scottish marriage, of growing up in Burma in the 1930s, of fathers and sons, and o ...more
My mum lent me this book a few years ago ... it had a different cover. I still rmember it to this day and whenever I see butterflies they remind me of this remarkable and tragic story.
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