Monday, May 08, 2006

Recommended reading material

Present reading material...actually almost this...

Pacific War Diary

I cannot really comment on the ethics of him defying military regulations and keeping a diary.

However, it is an incredible book. James Fahey is never going to be one of the greatest writers in the world but his descriptions of life aboard the USS Montpelier from 1942-1945 are gripping. The Montpelier (and Fahey) saw action in the Solomons, the Marianas, the Philippines, Borneo and then up to China and Japan.

The book holds the interest because of the juxtaposition of the mundane; 'We had ham and jello for dinner' and the very vivid descriptions of the conditions they endured, the attacks from the Japanese, bombarding the Pacific islands and attacks from the suicide pilots and boats.

It really is an excellent read.....


Anonymous frayed said...

Hi Mme Chiang, for some reason I've always been interested in WWII stories. Have books of other people's accounts - by both Americans and Filipinos. Will check this out. (not sure why I have this strong interest though..)

5:22 am  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

Frayed, it is an interesting subject and at the moment I seem to have a bit of leaning towards books about WWII (latest read is 'Wine and War' - the French, The Nazis and France's greatest treasure). I bought Pacific War Diary at Fully Booked at Power Plant...if you would like to borrow mine would be more than happy to give it to you next time I see you. Just let me know.

8:51 pm  

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