HALF A WORLD AWAY by Frances Long


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These are the adventures of a girl interned by the Japs, handled in somewhat ""true confession manner"" and more superficial than Gwen Dew and Wenzell Brown. She was brought up in Shanghai, educated in England, and returned to her American family, still in Shanghai, in 1937, via Siberia. She makes her debut, gets a job, witnesses the Japs coming closer, sees the U.S. Marines leave (and accompanies one of them to whom she has lost her heart, to Manila)...War breaks out -- Alan is on Bataan -- and she is imprisoned in the hotel, and then with other Americans, taken to San Tomas University for internment. Here are impressions of the omnipresent rumors, the organization eventually effected by Allied prisoners, the rules set up by the Japanese, and the various types of response to degrading restraints and punishments. Through family connection with the consular and diplomatic services, the author is allowed to leave for Formosa, fly to Shanghai and be exchanged.

Pub Date: Aug. 19th, 1943
Publisher: Farrar & Rinehart