Wonks by William Reese Hamilton 0996883045 9780996883047
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"A harrowing wartime tale ... superb dialogue ... a dry sense of humor ... emotional gravity ... and real warmth unlikely to leave any reader with a dry eye." -- Kirkus Reviews. World War II, The Philippines. Johnny Oldfield tells what its like to grow up in a Japanese prison camp, his pivotal teenage years filled with danger, adventure, intrigue, cruelty, betrayal, starvation, death, survival and liberation.Johnny calls himself a WONK (from the Chinese won gau, yellow dog) a mongrel running with a pack of rebellious kids and viewing his society from the ground up. Separated from his father by the Japanese invasion, he gets his life lessons from a diverse cast of characters: his mother Ruth, a nurse with a strong and independent spirit; Harry Barnes, a storyteller who arrives from China carrying the urn of a friends ashes; Southy Jack, an ex-pro boxer who trains boys in the manly art; Polecat, a mestizo pal with an all-consuming hatred for the Japanese; the Colonel, a wise old plantation owner who gives advice on survival; Haverford, a disgruntled alcoholic from Manilas high society; and Abiko, the feared officer of the Japanese camp guard.This dramatic tale is played out in the heart of Manila, a city once called "the Pearl of the Orient," now being destroyed by massive bombing, strafing, artillery barrages and mortar attacks.

Author: William Reese Hamilton

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 268

Publisher: Eclectica Publishing Intl LLC

Publication Date: 2019-02-08

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