Book not only as a former resident of Colonial Hong Kong but also as a history enthusiast I attended the same high school as Martin Booth in the early 60s King George V school in Kowloon Hence the fine geographical etails were particularly endearing to meI thought it was very clear of Martin to write himself into the plot as the young boy David Merriton early on in the novel If you ve read Gweilo Martin s autobiography and last book you ll see that he Aliens Vs Predator did in fact meet aown and out ex British soldier nicknamed Nagasaki Jim who was also staying at the Fourseas Hotel in Waterloo Road Kowloon in the early
50s When 7 Yearwhen 7 year Martin was living there with his parents Nagasaki Jim was taken as a PoW after the fall of Hong Kong on Christmas Day 1941 and was incarcerated at the Sham Shui Po prisoner camp before being trans shipped to Nagasaki on board the Lisbon Maru in October 1942 Obviously this is the basis of Hiroshima JoeAt times it was For Discrimination disturbing to read about the atrocities of war and the pitiful life of an opium addict however this was somewhat offset by reading about the strong bond of friendship between Joe and a benevolent Japanese civilian Mishima san Nooubt I ll re read this book and once savour the fine Academic Writing, Real World Topics details and engaging plotSadly Martin Booth passed away at the age of 59 in 2004 after an 18 month struggle with brain cancer His spirit lives on in such brilliant books as Hiroshima Joe Gweilo and many many others This book is what reading is all about From a Japanese civilian who at great risk helped Allied POW s in a camp outside of Hiroshima whose sonied a rafted kamikaze and whose wife in the Hiroshima bombing Joe he said I am sorry for "What My People Did To You And Your People Just "my people id to you and your people just you will one Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic day be sorry for what your allies the Americansid to the Japanese people Never forget that it is men who are mad not nations Men make wars Nations African Literature 9 do not Leaderso who need never fight but send others to Alien Conquest die Politicians are the corrupt ones Theyecide but it is we the common men the innocent people of the race who act for them And suffer in their place How blind and stupid and hateful and arrogant we remain How we relish the fear. Ess and shattered by his wartime ordeal is a man whose compassion and will to survive efine a clear eyed and unexpected heroism One of the most powerful novels about the experience of war first published in 1985. ,
Deeply touching at times isturbing thought provoking "And Sad As It Describes The "profoundly sad it Rising Above The Influence: A True Story about Alcohol, Drugs, and Recovery describes the of war as experienced by an Englishman captureduring the occupation of Hong Kong and shipped of to Japanese prisoner of war campsEven though it was so changed he knew that under its veneer Hong Kong was still as it had always been with its tiny crowded streets and food stalls its temples and alleys its throngs of people and never ending state of motionJoseph Sandingham Died Christmas Eve 1952 He saw what no man should be made to see he Conjure In African American Society died fearing what we all must fear Finds a great balance between gripping and informative not to mention gruesome graphicality all at the same time This is one of the greatest books I have ever read It is an incredible achievement by Martin Booth The characters the rawness of the story and events make this such an enjoyable read The brutal realities of war and the fight of the human spirit are very welletailed in a story that flows effortlessly Highly recommended Sad story that could be tale of so many men who were POW under the brutality of the Japanese and the espair
That Followed So Many Offollowed so many of after the war At times over escriptive and I nearly gave up pleased I Did not could have Alien Commanders Bride (Draconians, done with some editingEnjoyed the story of an British Officer a closet homosexual a man who suffered so much as a POW and continued to suffer in peace time as he existed hisays living in HK his wits keeping him alive just One of my all time favorite book From the last The alphas abused mate days of the battle for Hong Kong in December of 1941 to the POW camps first in Hong Kong and later in Japan to 1951 Hong Kong we follow the story of Joe and how the war effected himRecommend reading Booth s Golden Boy which goes hand and hand with this Hiroshima Joe is a great achievement in historical fiction which while following the story of one fascinating man ties together the fall of Hong Kong Japanese POW camps theestruction of Hiroshima post war Hong Kong and opium addiction However It is also a Word Alchemy deeply engaging personal story of pain survival love andignity The author manages to pull off a sometimes ifficult structure where each chapter alternat. Captured by Hirohito's soldiers at the fall of Hong Kong and transferred to a Japanese slave camp outside Hiroshima Captain Joe Sandingham was present when the bomb was ropped Now a shell of a man he lives in Es between wartime and post war events in the life
Of The Main Character A Talented Writer Beautiful Color Andthe main character A talented writer beautiful color and I picked up the novel because it takes place around East Asia where I lived for than a An Endless Lie decade So the topic is close to my heart The magic breaks when he moves into topics heoesn t always understand well Gay men o not lust after boys any than straight men
Lust After Underage Girls A Plot Twist Probably Meant Toafter underage girls A plot twist probably meant to ark and creepy came off worse ugly and repulsive His escriptions of life in Hong Kong were wonderfully evocative accurate and felt right on "the mark but escriptions of life in japan "mark But After the Tears descriptions of life in Japan me feeling he hadn t actually met many Japanese people Trust me ritual suicide is pretty rare But I stuck to the novel until the end not because I liked the characters The beauty of his writing and curiosity about how he take on historical events kept me reading Having been very moved by Industry of Souls and Adrift in the Oceans of Mercy both books by Martin Booth I tracked Daddy Blames Me down a copy of Hiroshima Joe on the internet I found the writing and content of the book very good if rather harrowing Martin Booth writes with great sensitivity and humanity about the bond that can form amongst peopleuring extreme hardship and the after effects of war on ordinary citizens The story is set between Hong Kong in the 1950 s and Japanese prisoner of war camps both in Hong Kong and the outskirts of Hiroshima Statistical Arbitrage: Algorithmic Trading Insights and Techniques (Wiley Finance) during the second world war My only criticism of the book is there is a lot of to my mind unnecessary geographicaletail Facing the Rising Sun describing the streets of Hong Kong in the early stages of the book I know that Martin Booth spent his childhood there and it was as though he was reliving the streets of his childhood this was one of his earlier books so perhaps his sense of timing and plotevelopment was not uite as sophisticated as his later novels That is the only reason this book Best African American Fiction 2010 did not rate a 5 stars from me It took 3 attempts to read Hiroshima Joe My persistence paid off as once I got into the main character Joe Sandringham and the richescriptions of Hong Kong in the 40s and 50s I was compelled to keep on readingI thoroughly enjoyed this. Cheap Hong Kong hotel scrounging for food and the occasional bar girl The locals call him Hiroshima Joe with a mixture of pity and contempt But Joe haunted by the sounds and voices of his past ebilitated by illn. .