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From an acclaimed young author of Filipino background comes this history told through individual lives. The Caprices revolves around the Pacific Campaign of World War II. In the wreckage of bombed cities and overcrowded prison camps, there were no winners and no conquerors, and no nation truly triumphed.
Set in Southeast Asia, Australia, and the United States, these stories bring to life ordinary people who must rely on extraordinary measures of faith and imagination. In "Order of Precedence," an Indian officer starving to death in a prison camp remembers playing polo during his days in India. In "Folly," the last days of Amelia Earhart are imagined as the Japanese prepare for war. In "Colossus," an American veteran in his eighties recalls the Japanese invasion of the Philippines and the infamous death march of 1941. With lyrical prose and searing insight, Sabina Murray brings to light a complex cast of characters. Eloquent, artful, and brimming with raw emotion, these tales capture the gross injustices of war as well as the consequences of survival and the memories that follow. In stories that tell as much about the fluid nature of time as they do about the ghosts that haunt survivors, Sabina Murray establishes herself as a passionate and wise voice.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin : 2002
ISBN: 9780618095254
Branch Call Number: FIC Murr
Characteristics: 210p


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Dec 30, 2014

Beautiful writing that narrates stories from multiple types of characters and contexts. Murray makes the Philippines at wartime vivid and authentic without descending to stereotype. The short stories have the substance of epic novels. Sometimes the endings felt abrupt, like an interesting hike along a trail that suddenly ended in the middle of a forest. Highly recommended.

Sep 21, 2014

This is an excellent book. I can't believe it hasn't won multiple awards. The writing is superb and the subject important.

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