The Way of a Boy: A Memoir of Java

The Way of a Boy: A Memoir of Java

by ErnestHillen (Author)


This is a chronicle of the years Ernest Hillen spent as a little boy (aged 8-11) in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp on Java. The year is 1942, World War II is raging and the Japanese have just invaded the island. Overnight - and for the next three and a half years - life is ruled by tension, fear and unpredictability as the boy struggles to endure the cruel camp conditions. Ernest comes to understand his new world by observing others: Japanese soldiers, fellow prisoners and his mother, who fights to retain her moral values amidst brutal deprivation and degradation. To survive, young Ernest is obliged to master such basic skills as lying, stealing and fighting. But he also learns to practise patience, generosity and self-control, to quell self-pity, to take nothing for granted and to trust only with caution.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Publisher: Viking
Published: 03 Mar 1994

ISBN 10: 0670850497
ISBN 13: 9780670850495