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Against such personal tragedy, world events would normally appear insignificant to a child. But this was , the year Nadeson's homeland of Singapore fell to the Japanese. The gruesome reality of war was there at every roadside.
Taken charge of by cruel and neglectful neighbours, Nadeson and his brothers were eventually deposited in an orphanage run by the Ramakrishna Mission - but not before their baby sister had been sold to another family. The hard times continued, worsening when the children were relocated to Malaya.
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Nor was there any end to the poverty and humiliation when they returned to their orphanage after the occupation. The author recreates these incredible events as if seeing them again through a child's eyes - a wealth of detail which comes slowly into focus with the acquisition of maturity. Against the background of a country being transformed from a British colony, through enemy occupation, into a self-governing nation, this is a stirring story of an individual's survival. It is impossible not to be moved by Nadeson Perumal's ability to understand and forgive, as the goodness of the human spirit triumphs over the worst that man can do to man.
Ver todas las apps de lectura gratuitas de Kindle. It is full of love, tragedy, cruelty, heartbreak, and survival during the war-time occupation of the Japanese in Singapore and Malaya. The story begins when the author is just six years old, with the account of his mother's death, after which he backtracks to relate details of his life with his family. They are a close family consisting of mother, father, grandmother, four boys, of which Nadeson is the third in age from the eldest, and a sister, still only a baby at the time of his mother's death.
She is sold to a family who treats her very badly, while the boys who, though at first are treated cruelly by the very neighbours who promised their mother they would care for them, are eventually sent to an orphanage. At the onset of the bombing they are driven from their home, while his older brother who is sick with fever is removed from his bed a second before shrapnel comes flying through the wall of the house and lands right where he had been lying.
He relates the treatment they receive from the Japanese, and many other ghastly events which he remembers vividly. Food becomes very scarce, and death a daily expectation.
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