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The War Diaries of "Weary" Dunlop (A Penguin Original)

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An account of Sir Edward Dunlop's experiences as a medical officer in the prisoner of war camps in Java and on the Burma-Thailand Railway.
Paperback, 504 pages
Published March 28th 1991 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published September 17th 1987)
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Susan Cartwright
Feb 29, 2012 Susan Cartwright rated it it was amazing
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Facinating. Detailed daily life of a POW camp from a doctor's POV. Two of my favorite authors were interned in Changi, Laurens Van Der Post (A Story like the wind) and James Clavell(Shogun, King Rat, etc) Weary chats about them in this diary when they came in and how they affected the camp. Manditory Commonwealth countries WW2 reading, but interesting from an American point of view, too.
Carole Hazell
Dec 15, 2015 Carole Hazell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most deserving 5 stars.
This is one of the finest books I have read. Having been somewhat underwhelmed by the Booker Prize winning 'Narrow Road to the Deep North', I am so grateful to Flanagan for stimulating my interest in Weary Dunlop's account of this period.
My own review could scarcely do justice to the writings and records of this great man, or his contemporaries, a number of whom contributed illustrations to the journal.
If you need to read a review, do so; all I can say is, "Read the bo
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Selena Hanet-Hutchins
Jan 19, 2014 Selena Hanet-Hutchins rated it really liked it
Lent to me by Win, a visitor to the community reading room and a nurse. If you think you're having a bad day requiring a lot of frustrating workarounds, dip in. Dunlop describes with simplicity experiences that show the struggles but also the inventive triumphs in order to survive Java and the Thai-Burma Railway. There's a lot of stuff that's military and medical (especially acronyms) but, as with 'big' words, one learns well enough from the context.
Bec
Dec 15, 2015 Bec rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think every Australian should read this book. Personally I have read it numerous times and every time I do I come away with more respect and pride of our Anzacs. Every high school student should be reading this in when being taught modern history.
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