Hiroshima Joe A Novel One of the most powerful novels about the experience of war first published in Captured by Hirohito s soldiers at the fall of Hong Kong and transferred to a Japanese slave camp outside Hiroshima

  • Title: Hiroshima Joe: A Novel
  • Author: Martin Booth
  • ISBN: 9780312268053
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Now a shell of a man, he lives in a cheap Hong Kong hotel, scrounging for food and the occasional bar girl TheOne 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 Now a shell of a man, he lives in a cheap Hong Kong hotel, scrounging for food and the occasional bar girl The locals call him Hiroshima Joe with a mixture of pity and contempt 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.

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      Martin Booth was a prolific British novelist and poet He also worked as a teacher and screenwriter, and was the founder of the Sceptre Press.



    2 thoughts on “Hiroshima Joe: A Novel

    1. This book is what reading is all about. From a Japanese civilian who, at great risk, helped Allied POW's in a camp outside of Hiroshima, whose son died a drafted kamikaze and whose wife in the Hiroshima bombing- "Joe," he said, "I am sorry for what my people did to you and your people; just as you will one day be sorry for what your allies, the Americans, did to the Japanese people. Never forget that it is men who are mad, not nations. Men make wars. Nations do not. Leaders do- who need never fi [...]

    2. It took 3 attempts to read "Hiroshima Joe". 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.I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not only as a former resident of Colonial Hong Kong, but also as a history enthusiast. I attended the same high school as Martin Booth in the early '60s (King George V school in Kowloon). Hence, the fine geographical details were particularly ende [...]

    3. Having been very moved by 'Industry of Souls', and 'Adrift in the Oceans of Mercy' , both books by Martin Booth, I tracked down a copy of 'Hiroshima Joe' on the internet . I found the writing and content of the book very good if rather harrowing. Martin Booth writes with great sensitivity and humanity about the bond that can form amongst people during extreme hardship, and the after effects of war on ordinary citizens. The story is set between Hong Kong in the 1950's, and Japanese prisoner of wa [...]

    4. A talented writer, beautiful color and descriptions. I picked up the novel because it takes place around East Asia, where I lived for more than a decade. So the topic is close to my heart. The magic breaks when he moves into topics he doesn't always understand well. Gay men do not lust after boys any more than straight men lust after underage girls. A plot twist probably meant to be dark and creepy came off worse -- ugly and repulsive. His descriptions of life in Hong Kong were wonderfully evoca [...]

    5. Deeply touching, at times disturbing, thought-provoking and profoundly sad, as it describes the horrors of war as experienced by an Englishman, captured during the occupation of Hong Kong and shipped of to Japanese prisoner of war camps."Even though it was so changed, he knew that under its veneer Hong Kong was still as it had always been, with its tiny crowded streets and food stalls, its temples and alleys, its throngs of people and never-ending state of motion.""Joseph Sandingham Died Christm [...]

    6. Hiroshima Joe is a great achievement in historical fiction, which while following the story of one fascinating man, ties together the fall of Hong Kong, Japanese POW camps, the destruction of Hiroshima, post-war Hong Kong and opium addiction. However, It is also a deeply engaging personal story of pain, survival, love and dignity. The author manages to pull off a sometimes difficult structure, where each chapter alternates between wartime and post-war events in the life of the main character.

    7. One of my all time favorite book! From the last days of the battle for Hong Kong in December of 1941, to the POW camps first in Hong Kong and later in Japan, to 1951 Hong Kong, we follow the story of Joe and how the war effected himRecommend reading Booth's 'Golden Boy' which goes hand and hand with this.

    8. Martin Booth is an amazing writer, very descriptive, careful and tender. Our book group had read Industry of Souls several years ago and looked up his other fiction for another fix of his writing. This book had a similar effect on me--weeping at the end. Maybe it's the redemptive acts of his tragic characters.

    9. A brilliantly written book. One of my favorites, though also one of the most painful books I have ever read. The characters and the scenes are so real, so alive, that they stayed with me for days after I finished the book. And when I read the last page, I was weeping.

    10. Just can't get into this. The quote on the front says "in the tradition of Slaughterhouse Five" but seriously, I'm just not seeing it. I'm disappointed, because I was really hoping to enjoy this. The writing is good but I couldn't get into farther than the first part.

    11. This book is so well written & horrifying, I had to put it down several times. As you read, you live the moments he describes.

    12. Probably, this is the most depressing book I have ever read but it is up there with one of the best I have ever read. Beautifully written. A heartbreaking story.

    13. The harrowing, yet riveting, story of how the misfortunes of war reduce an intelligent, caring man to a shambling, opium addicted, wreck. Highly recommended.

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