Review: Shame and the Captives

Shame and the Captives
Shame and the Captives by Tom Keneally

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been completely engrossed in this novel. It is about a real event which I had never heard of before, despite living in Australia for many years, the uprising of Japanese prisoners of war at Cowra during the 2nd world war. The intertwined stories of the people of the town was just great. I particularly loved the story of Alice and Giancarlo, she is living on her husband’s family farm, her rather dour father in law is running the farm because her young husband is in captivity in a prisoner of war camp in Europe, their relationship is beautifully drawn. I loved the way the tension built, the frisson in the air as the rebellion built.
Tom Keneally is such a great writer, the sentences are so beautiful. The dry atmosphere of country Australia is completely captured in this novel. I loved it.

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