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Shame and the Captives

Shame and the Captives

On the edge of a small Australian town, far from the battlefields of the Second World War, a camp holds thousands of Japanese, Italian and Korean prisoners of war. The locals are unsure how to treat the ‘enemy’, though Alice Herman, whose young husband is himself a prisoner in Europe, becomes drawn to the Italian soldier sent to work on her father-in-law’s farm. The camp commander and his deputy, each concealing a troubled private life, are disunited. And both fatally misread their Japanese captives, who burn with shame at being taken alive. The stage is set for a clash of cultures that has explosive, far-reaching consequences.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 10th April 2014

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781444781298

Reviews

His steamroller energy, his incredible facility as a teller of tales, is undiminished . . . A tremendously accomplished novel, rich in character, detail and incident. It is the work of a master novelist
Kevin Power, Sunday Business Post (Ireland)
Keneally's gift, and his blessing to the many hundreds of characters he has created, is always to find the extraordinary within the ordinary
Peter Pierce, The Australian