Thailand, 1943: Thomas Ellis, captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore, is a prisoner-of-war on the Death Railway. In stifling heat he endures endless days of clearing jungle, breaking stone and lugging wood. He must stay alive, although he is struck down by disease and tortured by Japanese guards, and he must stay strong, although he is starving and exhausted. For Tom has made himself a promise: to return home. Not to the grey streets of London, where he once lived, but to Penang, where he found paradise and love. London, 1986: Laura Ellis, a successful City lawyer, turns her back on her yuppie existence and travels to Southeast Asia. In Thailand and Malaysia she retraces her fatheras past and discovers the truths he has refused to tell her. And in the place where her father once suffered and survived, she will finally find out how he got his Bamboo Heart. In a blend of stirring fiction and heart-wrenching history, Ann Bennett narrates the story of a soldieras strength and survival in the bleakest of times and a daughteras journey of discovery about her father and herself. Bamboo Heart is volume one in a Southeast Asian WWII trilogy that includes Bamboo Island and Bamboo Road.It looked as though it had been in water, but she could just make out the words written neatly in flowing script: a#39;To my dear Thomas. ... Then, with a pang of guilt she remembered the day she had found the letter with the Penang post mark, the one that had been scuffed by the letter box. ... Folding the paper and measuring just the right amount of tobacco, she packed it into the fold and rolled him a cigarette, anbsp;...
|Publisher||:||Monsoon Books - 2014-09-01|