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Only two people aren't destined for this sad fate--Kimberly Hollis and her mother, who are sailing to America to join Kimberly's father. The voyage won't be easy. Not only is the main hold dirty and crowded with homeless children, the crew of the Seven Brothers ship will have to courageously battle a fierce storm. Kimberly and the captives must rely on each other and God to make it safely to the New World. Recommended for ages Read more Read less.


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I loved this whole series. It is very interesting and a good read. Having recast Cowra as Gawell, Keneally uses the prison's volatile atmosphere to distil broader cultural, ethnic and political conflicts that flooded from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Central to the novel is the mutual amazement of warring nations: This shame is magnified by their contemptuous disbelief at the Australian guards' version of honour: It's not that Keneally's Australians are straightforwardly merciful.

Some - such as Alice or Major Bernard Suttor, one of the commanders at Gawell - view the Japanese with a mixture of fear and fury as they await the fate of loved ones held captive in Burma and Singapore. In a mirror image of their Japanese captives, these emotions conceal a fundamental incomprehension about the motives and natures of the opposing side. This is delicately caught, late in the action, when a father tries to inject manliness into his bookish son, Martin, by hunting down escaped Japanese prisoners the father's non-too-subtle nickname is "Beefy".

Martin, his head a whirl of Shakespeare, Keats and Coleridge, finds himself face to face with one escapee, who bares his breast and, "screaming at him in gutterals", demands that he receive his death. A stunned Martin is mystified by what he can only define as a performance "a grotesque face as if he were theatrical". The Japanese's "threats were outrageously remote from Martin's powers of interpretation". Such failed attempts at mutual understanding are not confined to international relationships. Keneally carefully unpicks tensions within each opposing side as well: There are hardcore "ultras" such as Tengan, who transforms his humiliation at capture after a bombing raid on Darwin into a form of Japanese fundamentalism driven by self-sacrifice and abasement.

At the other extreme is Ban, whose Presbyterian upbringing imbues him with an unwelcome for his peers sense of mercy. A vast range of different attitudes lie in between these extremes. There is the refusnik Oka and the shame of Aoki, whose suicidal tendencies emerge from duty but also deeper, repressed feelings. Haunted by memories of his country's war with China, he recalls, if vaguely, his participation in war crimes that combine terror, relief, vengeance and a sadistic emotional release.

The horrors of Aoki's unstable memory, which are "distorted … and shivered apart like a painting on a vase that is dropped and shatters", are all the more unsettling for being narrated as a series of meandering, evasive questions: The Italians and Australians are no less disunified - not least because Italy is perceived as an enemy too, despite overthrowing Mussolini and joining the Allied cause. In their own compounds, hardcore fascists vie with soldiers such as Giancarlo who don't share their fanaticism.

On the Australian side, underlying colonial tensions narrate the fractious relationship between Suttor a radio writer by trade and Colonel Ewan Abercare, his refined, Anglophile superior, if only by rank. Abercare's uprightness is threatened by shame of a more intimate nature: Indeed, this novel is full of adulterous relationships that give inescapably physical, even erotic tinges to the many divided loyalties.

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Even the seemingly incorruptible Tengan is forced into sexualised encounters with Oka of a suitably self-loathing and violent nature, as honour fights it out with other impulses. Shame of a different sort enslaves many of the Australians on the home front. Suttor, Abercare and machine-gunners Cassidy and Heaton confront the distance between Australia and "the main discourse of the earth". The test of their pent-up frustration is the bloody Japanese outbreak, which is itself the result of months of pent-up frustration and a colossal misjudgment by Abercare.

The few Japanese prisoners who escape the salvation of machine-gun bullets fall upon Cassidy and Heaton, the two men firing them. Karen rated it really liked it Aug 08, Tracy marked it as to-read Feb 22, Sheri Salatin added it Mar 19, Natalie marked it as to-read Mar 21, Sharon marked it as to-read Mar 22, Donita added it Jun 09, Jessica added it Aug 18, Jenny Alkire marked it as to-read Feb 18, Krystle marked it as to-read Mar 21, Igraine added it Apr 29, Bronwyn marked it as to-read May 15, Marissa marked it as to-read Jul 22, Rose marked it as to-read Aug 11, Karon marked it as to-read Sep 24, Sarah marked it as to-read Dec 17, Diana marked it as to-read Feb 10, Ana Noonkesser marked it as to-read Jun 13, Kellie Demarsh marked it as to-read Jul 21, Shae McDaniel added it Mar 29, Joy marked it as to-read Apr 07, Cary Morton marked it as to-read May 15, Teresa Banks marked it as to-read Jan 18, Kellie Demarsh marked it as to-read Jan 21, Andrew Vickers marked it as to-read Feb 04, Anna added it Jun 09, Jan Hall marked it as to-read Jun 10, Kim Hampton marked it as to-read Sep 10, BookDB marked it as to-read Nov 20, Wendy King marked it as to-read Dec 31, Joyce marked it as to-read Jul 27, MG girl travels with mom to New World [s] 4 44 Jun 23, About Angela Elwell Hunt.