GREAT ESCAPES by David--Ed. Howarth


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Houdini has no home here--these are escapes from human enemies by prisoners of war, and from what Mr. Howarth calls ""circumstances"" by men trapped in jungle and ice, on mountain and sea. More than half of the twelve stories are extracts handicapped by inadequate capsule introductions or by unduly abrupt cut-offs; yet among these are two classics (Churchill's flight from the Boers and Byrd's ""Alone in the Arctic"") and two off-beats of note: ""A Hundred Chinese Children"" led to safety by Alan Burgess' Small Woman and ""The King's Escape"" as dictated to Samuel Pepys by Charles II of England. The rest are survival stories like Jennings' ""Ocean Without Shores"" and other predictable boys' fare including Larry Forrester on fighter-pilots and Howarth's own submarine disaster, Whymper's ""Escape from the Matterhorn"" and Millar's ""Escape in Korea"" (which appears in Scoggin's anthology). Small print and only moderately chilling.

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1969
Publisher: David White