Two reviews of Eaten by the Japanese

Two reviews came to my attention recently:

A review from a blogger/author ("Amazing book . . . finished it in one sitting."):

And an older review by the erudite Professor of English Barry Fruchter, which was locked up in a storage facility in the New York region: please click on Page 1 and then Page 2 below. Exceptionally sensitive, detailed and sophisticated review:

 Below is Page 2. Please click on the image below, and clicking on CTRL + until you zoom in to read the text,, however, I also provide a quote below this.

Quotes from the review above:
"More than any book in recent memory, Eaten by the Japanese  drives home the lasting effects of enforced captivity – not only on the bodies but also on the minds of the prisoners. It is almost totally devoid of xenophobia directed either at the Japanese enslavers or at the British imperial military masters in whose name they were enslaved. Instead, it is a book about kindness, solidarity, and collective survival, about the bonds that matter: those between one single human being and another. It takes the tradition of the captivity narrative, with its built-in indictment of the “savage”, and turns it on his head to reveal an endorsement of the civilized. It is truly a testimony to truth.”

And on Page 1:

“What emerges in Crasta’s survivor’s tale is not a mere story of self but an epic of collective agony.  This is the story, then, of a nation’s agony as well as a man’s, a man’s survival as well as that of a nation’s, in both cases to await the next chapter in a complex narrative.”
In case this is difficult to read, please try to find this and other reviews here:

I am grateful for both of these reviews, because they expand the understanding of this book, which is available from or from:


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