The Flamboya Tree

The Flamboya Tree

Memories of A Mother's Wartime Courage

eBook - 2011
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"The Flamboya Tree is a fascinating story that will leave the reader informed about a missing piece of the World War II experience, and in awe of one family's survival."--Elizabeth M. Norman, author of We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese "It is a well-known fact that war, any war, is senseless and degrading. When innocent people are brought into that war because they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, it becomes incomprehensible. Java, 1942, was such a place and time, and we were those innocent people."Fifty years after the end of World War II, Clara Olink Kelly sat down to write a memoir that is both a fierce and enduring 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...
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9781588361509
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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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