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The Boat: Singapore Escape - Cannibalism at Sea

3.07  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In 1942 a ship carrying 500 escapees from Japanese-occupied Singapore set sail from Padang for Ceylon. Halfway to safety she was torpedoed and sank. Only one lifeboat was launched-a lifeboat built to carry twenty-eight but to which 135 souls now looked to for salvation. One month later the boat reached land, there were only four survivors.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published July 15th 2007 by Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd. (first published 1952)
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Aug 12, 2015 Erika rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2015
This is a true account of the author's experience in a lifeboat after being torpedoed in the Pacific. It's just a narrative, not a story so it reads like the author is having a conversation with you. Interesting and a quick read.
Johann Manstein
Feb 25, 2014 Johann Manstein rated it really liked it
It is a fast read and takes about an hour. I give it a four because it is a work that asked this man to relive a galling experience that out of 135 people he is the only one to recount the tale. Of the four suvivors out of the original 135 in the water after the sinking, one was executed, two vanished into history and only he was left.

As a literary work, it is not comparable to modern tales of survival as it lacks the depth of detail one now expects from autobiographical accounts. The reader al
Sukma Mase
Jun 21, 2014 Sukma Mase rated it it was ok
Saya mengharapkan cerita yang lebih 'seru' saat membeli buku ini. Tapi..well..

Sebuah sekoci berisi 135 orang, sisa penumpang dari kapal uap Belanda, Rooseboom, yang diserang oleh torpedo berhasil diluncurkan ke laut lepas. 135 orang tersebut harus kembali berjuang hidup bukan hanya dari ganasnya Samudra Hindia tetapi juga dari keinginan kuat dari sesama penumpang sekoci yang juga ingin hidup.
26 hari kemudian, hanya empat orang yang selamat. 2 pelaut Jawa, seorang gadis China dan Walter Gibson.
Jan 05, 2014 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
For starters.... another slightly misleading title. Half of the book is about the events on the boat. And it doesn't go into great detail. Cannibalism is mentioned once. The second half of the book covers the authors adventures after reaching shore. The book is only 158 pages long, so there wasn't much space to give everything he discusses to much detail. Had the 158 pages been used to cover just the boat,(which the title would have you believe) it may have been a little more detailed. Though it ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Aprijanti rated it liked it
Shelves: true-story
Setengahnya pertama menceritakan tentang bertahan hidup penulis dan awak lainnya di atas sekoci, mengapung-apung selama sebulan di samudra luas demi kebebasan dari kejaran tentara Jepang.

Setengah sisanya menceritangan tentang penangkapan tentara eropa, termasuk penulis, dan pelarian-pelarian mereka dari tentara jepang di kepulauan mentawai, Padang, sampai ke Singapura.

Epic,hanya penutupnya yang anti klimaks.
Al Szi Febianszini
Jan 20, 2010 Al Szi Febianszini rated it did not like it
kanibalisme di atas boat apanyaaaa?
cuma sekali doang orang dimakan, itu juga karna enggak ada bahan makanan lagi dan orangnya juga udah sekarat..
gak rameeeeee....
Apr 12, 2010 miss rated it did not like it
Shelves: true-story, 2010
Kufikir ceritanya bakal menyeramkan mengingat ini true story.

Buku yg benar2 "bercerita", mulai dr bertahan hidup dtengah lautan sampai pelarian dari tentara Jepang..
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