## Review Starved and abused to the point of death by his Japanese captors, Captain Ernest Gordon recounts in "To End All Wars" how he and his fellow p## Review Starved and abused to the point of death by his Japanese captors, Captain Ernest Gordon recounts in "To End All Wars" how he and his fellow prisoners of war found not only a reason to live but a new way to live in the midst of hell on earth. In gruesome detail, the author brings us with him into the jungles of Thailand and shows how, in a hopeless situation, the soldiers were able to "find a way of life that proved to be vital, meaningful, and beautifully sane."
The book was originally published in 1963 as "Through the Valley of the River Kwai" and was one of the sources for the movie "Bridge Over the River Kwai" as well as the more recent movie "To End All Wars" for which this book was renamed. It was the movie that made me want to read the book and must say that the although the movie took a lot of license, they both tell the same story. Having read the book, I now want to go back and watch the movie again.
This book will shock your sensibilities. It should make you sick. But it will keep you reading. Can we really be so cruel? Would you survive in the same situation? How would you respond? The book tells us how the Allied prisoners found faith and dignity in in a veritable hell.
## First Sentence - I was dreaming, and I was happy with my dreams.
## Quotes - The whole atmosphere of the Death House was anti-life; over it all was the miasma of decay, the promise of nothingness. pg 87 - Whether we like it or not, we are the ones who create the enemy and lose the neighbour. Mine enemy is my neighbor. pg 198 - The liberators were so infuriated by what they saw that they wanted to shoot the Japanese on the spot. Only the intervention of the victims prevented them. Captors were spared by their captives. pg 205 - We had been sent as boys to do men's work on the battlefield. Now that we returned as men we were offered boys' work. pg 221
## Final Sentence - He comes into our Death House to lead us through it.
First Impressions after 30 pages: Seems to actually be a work of historical fiction in the guise of scholarship. Many 'details' seem to have no more bFirst Impressions after 30 pages: Seems to actually be a work of historical fiction in the guise of scholarship. Many 'details' seem to have no more basis than those on many reality TV shows. It has been interesting, and look forward to finishing, but I think the author would give Cecil B. DeMilles a run for his money....more
**spoiler alert** The Graveyard Book is the first Neil Gaiman book I have ‘read’ and it was interesting to have it read to me by the author. My oldest**spoiler alert** The Graveyard Book is the first Neil Gaiman book I have ‘read’ and it was interesting to have it read to me by the author. My oldest son, who is 24, recommended the author and so I put in a request for a couple of Gaiman’s books from the local library. The story entrapped me from the beginning.
A baby, barely able to walk, wanders out of the house while his family was being murdered. He wanders into a graveyard where he will grow up under the care of ghosts and other creatures of the graveyard until he is old enough to leave. The book is a collection of stories of his adventures while in the graveyard.
The story is written is such a way that each chapter is almost a stand-alone story, each building ever so slightly on the chapter before. My main complaints was that each chapter seemed to begin with details that would be required a few pages later, almost like downloading data in the Matrix movies. Still, each chapter told a good story and I could see reading these stories to children over successive nights.
As a children’s book, the subject is dark enough and enough violence that I would only recommend it to kids at least 12 years old. My ‘prudishness’ may be a product of the Disney-fied versions of children’s stories that I grew up with, but the macabre has always been a part of children’s literature since forever. Why? I leave that to the sociologists I think children, as they grow up, need to be able to learn how to deal with bad things that happen, to learn that things are not always sugar coated and stories are a safe way to do that.
Overall this was a fun read and I look forward to reading more of Gaiman’s books.
It is amazing to think of sweatshops & child labor in modern America but it exists. This book tells an amazing story that could very easily have hIt is amazing to think of sweatshops & child labor in modern America but it exists. This book tells an amazing story that could very easily have had a very different outcome and I am sure does for many.
A pot of crabs begin what is to be Keeper’s worst day ever. Everything she tries to do to make things right only make things worse. Keeper, a 10 year-A pot of crabs begin what is to be Keeper’s worst day ever. Everything she tries to do to make things right only make things worse. Keeper, a 10 year-old girl, feels she has ruined everything for everyone.
The story rocks back and forth between the present and the past and we slowly see the layers which brought us to this special ‘Blue Moon’ day. This day which was going to be special to everyone. But Keeper had ruined it. For everyone. How could she fix what she had done?
Maybe her real mother could help. Her real mother who, when Keeper was 3, had left her to return to the sea because she was a mermaid. Alone, drifting out to sea in a tiny boat, Keeper realized how foolish she had been. Her mom had not left her to go back to the sea. She had just left her. Left her with Signe. Who was asleep. While Keeper was adrift at sea.
The story is quite engaging. The sentence structure and even the structure of the chapters draw you into the story. The characters are all well developed, even the the characters of the two dogs and the seagull. My only hesitation in whole-heartily recommending this book is due to a display of romantic feelings and hand-holding between two 15 year old boys in two short scenes. Nothing explicit is described or even alluded to other than the hand holding. They could have just been written as friends but the story implies more. I would rather not have that discussion with a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader, but maybe I am just naive since we home-schooled and did not have to deal with many subjects they would have in a public school situation.
I was caught up in the story from the start. Trying to imagine why anyone who didn’t have to be in Sarajevo at that time would place themselves thereI was caught up in the story from the start. Trying to imagine why anyone who didn’t have to be in Sarajevo at that time would place themselves there in harms way. But as he is there, Carter allows us to share in his experiences thereby the experiences of the people of Sarajevo.
After reading the book, I want to see the 30 minute documentary, Miss Sarajevo. I found some excerpts on YouTube and watched the video of U2’s performance of the title song. But the documentary would be quite interesting.