New York: Fordham University Press, 2010. 9780823231508. Stated First Edition. Large 8vo. blue paper covered boards. 237 pp. Fine condition. / Jacket is fine. Item #1012
In this moving memoir a young man comes of age in an age of violence, brutality, and war. Recounting the author's experiences during the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies, this account brings to life the shocking day-to-day conditions in a Japanese labor camp and provides an intimate look at the collapse of Dutch colonial rule. As a boy growing up on the island of Java, John Stutterheim spent hours exploring his exotic surroundings, taking walks with his younger brother and dachshund along winding jungle roads. His father, a government accountant, would grumble at the pro-German newspaper ad from time to time entertain the family with his singing. It was a fairly typical life for a colonial family in the Dutch East Indies, and a peaceful and happy childhood for young John. But at the age of 14 it would all be irrevocably shattered by the Japanese invasion.