SHAME AND THE CAP­TIVES

By Tom Ke­neally Pub­lished by Vin­tage RRP $ 32.95

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS -

KE­NEALLY, the Aus­tralian au­thor of Schindler’s List, re­turns to the theme of war in his lat­est novel.

At the heart of his story is the NSW cen­tral west town of Cowra, where in 1944, 545 Ja­panese pris­on­ers- of- war es­caped.

Ke­neally was nine at the time, his fa­ther was serv­ing over­seas and al­though the fam­ily was liv­ing in the sub­urbs of Syd­ney, the au­thor re­calls it was “a ter­ri­fy­ing busi­ness”.

Ke­neally’s 23- year- old Alice, is liv­ing a dull life with her fa­therin- law on his farm while her new hus­band fi ghts over­seas.

Alice fi nds the pres­ence of the Ja­panese thor­oughly per­plex­ing and feels that by con­nect­ing with them she can get an idea of what is hap­pen­ing to her hus­band.

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