How we relish the fear. One of the most powerful novels about the experience of war, first published in 1985Captured 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 dropped. As I grow older I read less fiction because as I read it I find that I really don't care about the protagonist or what happens to him; in Booth's stories I find that I really do care what happens. I found the writing and content of the book very good if rather harrowing. I hope some day I find another copy so I can read it again. His novel, The Industry of Souls, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. This book had a similar effect on me--weeping at the end.
At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Booth builds up real suspense in telling Joe's story, something that few novels manage these days when you have no doubt that the protagonist will triumph for the sake of the sequel. Read it cover to cover in one sitting, then walked around stunned for two days. My only criticism of the book is there is a lot of ,to my mind, unnecessary, geographical detail describing the streets of Hong Kong in the early stages of the book. However, for its age it is still very useable, and a great read. Like Steve Rosse, I found this book abroad.
Leaders do- who need never fight but send others to die. It's a good story, well written, but I think the author took too long to tell it. I am sorry that Martin Booth is gone and there will be no more from him. But descriptions of life in Japan left me feeling he hadn't actually met many Japanese people. But Joe—haunted by the sounds and voices of his past, debilitated by illness, and shattered by his wartime ordeal—is a man whose compassion and will to survive define a clear-eyed and unexpected heroism. Nonetheless, I encourage wide readership of this almost fine book. Politicians are the corrupt ones.
He has a pretty wide range, from fiction, to non-fiction to children's books. 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 during the second world war. Taken prisoner by the Japanese during the siege of Hong Kong, Joe never goes home when the war is over. Sadly, Martin Booth passed away at the age of 59 in 2004 after an 18 month struggle with brain cancer. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. And to top it all off, what a great title! After some narrative awkwardness, Booth is able to fashion a moving drama from the cruelties and pathologies of modern warfareand some moral meaning from the terrible travail of a man who survived, and even transcended it.
But Joe--haunted by the sounds and voices of his past, debilitated by illness, and shattered by his wartime ordeal--is a man whose compassion and will to survive define a clear-eyed and unexpected heroism. I first discovered Booth's writing several years ago with Industry of Souls, which I've read 3 times and will probably read again some day. I picked up the novel because it takes place around East Asia, where I lived for more than a decade. Hounded by Leung's murderous henchmen, dying of radiation sickness, Joe finally achieves a kind of victory by hanging himself. An antique brass tea urn rested on a trellis by the curtains that, Sandingham realized from their size, must cover a large glass patio door leading on to the garden.
This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. His life is a tragedy and there are no uplifting moral or spiritual lessons in it, as far as I can tell. Now a shell of a man, he lives in a cheap Hong Kong hotel, scrounging for food and the occasional bar girl. The beauty of his writing and curiosity about how he'd take on historical events kept me reading. Seller Inventory G0099460807I5N00 Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 1986. Second, two reviewers contend that the book is flawed because the main character, a homosexual, makes a sexual advance on a child.
Gay men do not lust after boys any more than straight men lust after underage girls. That is the only reason this book did not rate a 5 stars from me. To buy this book at the lowest price,. My persistence paid off as, once I got into the main character, Joe Sandringham, and the rich descriptions of Hong Kong in the '40s and '50s, I was compelled to keep on reading. The places this story unfolds in are interesting and historically significant, which kept my interest in the book. But I stuck to the novel until the end, not because I liked the characters.
Furthermore, he is immediately repulsed by his act towards the boy, which sets off a deep soul searching. At the time of his death in 2004, he was living in Devon, England. Joe is threatened from so many different sides that you cannot imagine how his story will end. About the Author: Martin Booth is a critically acclaimed novelist and film writer. However, It is also a deeply engaging personal story of pain, survival, love and dignity.
He is clinging to the very edge of the respectability that his Englishness gives him, and the fact that others know how close he is to falling gives him a scary vulnerability. In the end, here are honesty and hokum, pulling very nearly neck and neck; the result is a more commercial, than timeless, work. Book Description St Martin's Press, United States, 2003. I picked up the novel because it takes place around East Asia, where I lived for more than a decade. The tables were all under a foot high and made of camphorwood.