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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Shelves: favourite , to-review. A very touching insight into the minds of a few Japanese soldiers during their suicide mission on the pacific Islands in World War II. Following a small group of men as they realise that they are not going to make it home we learn how they deal with their fate.
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Seven lives to repa A very touching insight into the minds of a few Japanese soldiers during their suicide mission on the pacific Islands in World War II. Seven lives to repay our Country is an easy to read short story and shows us once again that Edward H Carpenter is a very talented and able writer with a wide vocabulary. His own personal experiences and information gathered from his fathers time as a WWII pilot enables him to put an authenticity to this disturbing tale.
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Dec 02, Mel rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Edward Carpenter in "Seven Lives to Repay Our Country" has written a very unique totally absorbing short story told from seven different points of view. The setting is Saipan Island in the Pacific Ocean. The characters are seven Japanese soldiers.
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The time is July, The Japanese considered it one of the last islands to be defended before the allies actually invaded their homeland so they gave an or Edward Carpenter in "Seven Lives to Repay Our Country" has written a very unique totally absorbing short story told from seven different points of view. The Japanese considered it one of the last islands to be defended before the allies actually invaded their homeland so they gave an order to defend it to the last man.
The large Japanese civilian population was told the Americans would kill everyone on the island if they captured it. The Japanese general in charge of the island, gave an order to defend the island down to "the last man".
It is not easy to see the humanity in your enemies and Carpenter's wonderful story helps us do that. I do not want to spoil the plot but it is about seven Japanese soldiers who have been basically told they are to die in a futile defense of the island. Some of the men do glory in this, some are afraid of their officers and keep silent but some see it as crazy. The Japanese, based on my understanding, quickly assigned the blame for their involvement in WWII on their military, after they were defeated.
We listen in as the soldiers talk about their fate among themselves, without their officers around. I found this a very well done story and in just a few pages Carpenter did a very good job individuating the soldiers.
I loved the ending but I will let you discover it for your self. He recently spent a year in an exchange program with the Indonesian Navy and is now based in South East Asia. His formal education is in engineering and international affairs.
He has a passion for writing and reading. I was honored to receive a complementary copy and look forward to reading his next story, which will be set during WWI. Mar 05, C. Bialois rated it really liked it.
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As one whose family has fought for America before it was a country, I was interested by the point of view the story took. Growing up, I heard tales about Vietnam, Korea, and World War II but in each of them the countries we fought against were nothing more than the bad guys. Black and white names and statistics and in those cases it was lost that they were people with families just like any of us.
For me, that's what the story inside the story was about. How alike we all are in the face of impen As one whose family has fought for America before it was a country, I was interested by the point of view the story took. How alike we all are in the face of impending battle and death. While it was confusing at times with the rapid fire dialog, I found the work engaging and could envision the tight confines of the cave and emotions the men dealt with.
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From writing to their loved ones up to their final hopeless assault, Seven Lives to Repay Our Country was a thought provoking tale. Feb 28, Kathy rated it really liked it.
funeralfund.dev3.develag.com/46-phone-track.php As he discusses the lake of provisions and what is expected of him and his fellow soldiers. Dec 15, Steph rated it it was amazing. This was a quick story for me to read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author writes in such a way that I can imagine myself in the middle of the war with the main character. I enjoyed how "the last man" was illustrated in this story, both from a historical perspective as well as personal enrichment. Dec 14, Mia rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , war , short-story , period. I liked it. It was a well written short story about two fictional characters at the Battle of Saipan.
It had quick, sharp dialog that was full of drama, humor, and philosophical reflection. I thought the action was well paced, and I didn't find myself getting bored. Apr 30, Carole Rae rated it it was amazing. Like other short stories I read I must give a warning to everyone Premium FT. Pay based on use. Group Subscription. All the benefits of Premium Digital plus: Convenient access for groups of users Integration with third party platforms and CRM systems Usage based pricing and volume discounts for multiple users Subscription management tools and usage reporting SAML-based single sign on SSO Dedicated account and customer success teams.
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