The Flamboya Tree

The Flamboya Tree

Memories of A Mother's Wartime Courage

Book - 2002
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Fifty years after the end of World War II, Clara Olink Kelly sat down to write a memoir that is both a fierce testament to a mother's courage and a poignant record of an often overlooked chapter of the war. As the fighting in the Pacific spread, four-year-old Clara Olink and her family found their tranquil, pampered lives on the beautiful island of Java torn apart by the invasion of Japanese troops. The family was forced to move to a Japanese concentration camp, where for nearly four years they endured starvation, filth-ridden living conditions, sickness, and the danger of violence from the prison guards.Clara credits her mother with their survival. Told through the eyes of a young Clara, this stirring memoir portrays her mother's tenacity, the power of hope and humor, and the buoyancy of a child's spirit.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375506215
Characteristics: xv, 204 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Oct 31, 2016

I was looking forward to reading this book, but it didn't live up to my expectations. Perhaps it's because we are getting the story via the daughter's memory lens, thus the story is skewed a bit. Reading about human survival against horrific treatment usually uplifts me and gives me hope for our race. This one left me feeling, "meh."


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