An outstanding review led me to this novel which won the Man Booker Prize. I am thankful I had the audiobook as I could fast forward a few extremely horrifying scenes involving beheadings. The story revolves around a complex Australian surgeon named Dorrigo Evans who leads Australian POWs in their impossible task of building the Thai Burma Railroad (also known as the Death Railway... it was the subject of the movie The Bridge of the River Kwai). An intertwined love story provides much needed relief to the horrors. Flanagan's novel is difficult to take on but I'm grateful I made the effort as I learned so much about this appalling piece of history that affected thousands. — Kim B., Ridgedale Library

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