Why did I choose this book, partly because I grew up in Singapore, but mainly as we had a Amah (housekeeper/nanny) who lived through the war, her aunt was interned, and she often spoke to my mother about it, who as I got older told me.
I went back to Changi a couple of years ago and went to the memorial, and to the chapel. It was very moving.
I'm enjoying it a lot, so far. Like the fact that you can dip in and out of it, without waiting until the end of the chapter (when its midnight and you're knackered but you can't put the damn book down!!)
OK - have just finished this and I have to agree with Heifer. I was very much looking forward to it, as I have visited most of the places she discusses.
But I did not feel that she used the diary format well. I sometimes felt like I was simply reading a long list of activities without any insight into how a 17 year old survives such an ordeal. It is only when she talks about M that you start to get some feeling through her words. I think I was hoping for something akin to Anne Frank's diary, but this is very different. I do understand the reasons why she wrote in that style, but it did not work for me.
However, I did learn a lot of historical detail from this, which is always good. Yet another benefit of the Quiche Book Swap.
Sorry but I really couldn't get into this book. And as I'm already late to send it on, I haven't really persevered.
I found her style irritating beyond belief. I know it was written when she was 17, but I think some of her stylistic stuff, such as the use of exclamation marks all over the place, was just poor writing.