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The Code of Love: An Astonishing True Tale of Secrets, Love, and War

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For fifty years, Pamela Kirrage longed to unlock the secrets of her husband’s encrypted war diary. She was on the verge of giving up when she at last found a mathematician who became as obsessed with learning the secrets of the diary as she was. After months of painstaking investigation, he was finally able to crack the code, and in the process uncover the ending to an ext ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published January 8th 2002 by Anchor (first published March 9th 2000)
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Meg Marie
Oct 14, 2012 Meg Marie rated it liked it
One of the most romantic, and ultimately saddest books I've ever read. It's a short, quick read and in places I would have loved more. Parts of it seemed like it was only skimming a life story, but overall, I much enjoyed it.
Eustacia Tan
Aug 08, 2016 Eustacia Tan rated it really liked it
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My exams are finally finished, and I managed to finish reading this book as well! It's not a light read, but it's an interesting one.

The Code of Love basically has two stories: One of a mathematician trying to break a coded diary, and one of a couple during WWII. Obviously, the two stories are intertwined, and the diary is from Donald (one half of that couple), who wrote the diary as a Japanese POW. The diary was sent to the mathematician by his wife (other half) Pamela.

Let's just get this out
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Feb 21, 2016 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are three threads of narrative in this book.

The first is the story of a dashing pilot and a gorgeous model who met and fell in love in 1939, right before WWII started. They just managed to get engaged before Donald was posted to Hong Kong, which was soon overrun by the Japanese. He ended up in a Japanese prison camp and it was years before he could be reunited with his faithful fiancee, Pamela.

The second thread is the story of the fall of Hong Kong and the life in the Japanese prison camps
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Aug 19, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it
Having read countless bios of this type over the past 40 years I am still amazed with the history. I wish the youth of today had some inkling of this history before they enter the military. The lifelong effects of service radiates outward to their lives & those even remotely connected to them. This history might prepare them (or all of us) for the future.

What we recently call 'water boarding' is a very old technique. It's a wonder the 'rack' is not a form of warfare in the present.

I found pa
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