The Railway Man (book)
|The Railway Man|
The Railway Man is an autobiographical novel by Eric Lomax about his experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II and being forced to help build the Burma Railway for the Japanese military. Lomax was captured when the Japanese conquered Singapore. At first, the Japanese are unable to efficiently control the large number of Allied prisoners they captured when Singapore fell, but as the prisoners are dispersed into smaller camps, Lomax is horribly tortured and forced to cooperate. He is psychologically damaged by his treatment, and after the war suffers from severe psychological problems, which he is only partially successful at hiding. He eventually seeks treatment. He goes back to Thailand to visit the camps where he was a prisoner, and then travels to Japan to find a Japanese officer who was especially cruel to him. After discovering that the former officer has spent his life trying to make amends for his actions during the war, Lomax is able, if not to forgive him, to let go of his anger and hatred.
It has been adapted into a film entitled The Railway Man, which was directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. It stars Colin Firth (as Lomax), Nicole Kidman, Hiroyuki Sanada and Jeremy Irvine. It premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on 6 September 2013.
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