Friday, October 7, 2011

50 Years of Silence

I'm listening to 50 Years of Silence by Jan Ruff-O'Herne read by Beverley Dunn (if I had to describe her voice I'd say that it's rounded, deep, careful, with just a hint of a quiver that provides gravitas. Sample here). It's a true story about the author who lived in Dutch Colonial Indonesia when Japan invaded. She was interned in a prison camp and then forced to work as a prostitute.

My eye was drawn to this after listening to The Plantation, which touched on some similar experiences in Malaysia.

I've listened to CD one of four. The first part of the book describes her terrific childhood and much fun it was. But when I left off the Japanese had just arrived - major bummer, and just when she'd got that lovely taffeta party frock. I listened to the first CD about five days ago and I haven't gone on to the next disk. I guess I'm a little aprehensive about how horrible it's going to be.

So what have I been listening to instead? Toddlers and Tiaras. I hate myself.

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