Only, instead of a flawed but relatable protagonist, we have a protagonist vilified beyond all reason. Instead of a persecuted minority, we have a horny young man. And instead of Atticus Finch, we have And never, in the history of literature, has anyone worked quite this hard to invalidate the accusatory gaze of young girls.
Some Survived by Manny Lawton What is true heroism? On the battlefield it is when men put their lives on the line for the good of others. But what about off the battlefield? I wrote another book review on heroism off the battlefield here.
Lawton joined the army fresh out of college in and was stationed in the Philippines when the U. The Philippines was attacked immediately after Pearl Harbor. Of the 12, men who fought at Bataan, half would die "lonely, cruel, inglorious deaths"over the next six months p.
The numbers are staggering. The conditions under which they lived and died are staggering. The fact that anyone could rise above the cruelty and show kindness is even more staggering.
Lawton tells of how it was "every man for himself" in the camps because they were all sick, starving, and dehydrated. Who had time or energy to think of anyone else?
He remembers when he was so sick he could barely move. Tom was a barber who cut hair in trade for money or cigarettes, but this same man came over every evening and gave him a shave for nothing.
As John Toland wrote in the introduction: Captivity brought out the best and the worst. Some men remained indifferent to the fate of others; some gave their lives for their friends; some stole; some gave up food and fought for the rights of others.
Many of those who survived did so because of their selfishness. Others, like Manny Lawton, survived because of faith in God, country and their fellow men That is the key.
Remaining human enough to show compassion rather than capitulating to mere animal instincts made these men heroes to their fellow prisoners.
This is not a book for the faint of heart.I won't say what, but the most important part of the story of Lithgow's and Molina's characters is simply missing - what was left out, only to be referred to in a wrenching transition, was the meat of the story and should and could have been the movie.
Find industry contacts & talent representation. Access in-development titles not available on IMDb. Get the latest news from leading industry trades. It is, instead, the story of how men can suffer even the most desperate conditions and, in their will to retain their humanity, triumph over appalling adversity.
An epic of quiet heroism with an introduction by historian John Toland, Some Survived is a harrowing and inspiring tale—and “an honorable and absorbing testament to the courage of many” (The State). Jan 23, · Some men remained indifferent to the fate of others; some gave their lives for their friends; some stole; some gave up food and fought for the rights of others.
Many of those who survived did so because of their selfishness. Manny Lawton graduated from Clemson College and joined the United States Army as an officer in He spent three and a half years as a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea before liberation in It is, instead, the story of how men can suffer even the most desperate conditions and, in their will to retain their humanity, triumph over appalling adversity.
An epic of quiet heroism, Some Survived is a harrowing, poignant, and inspiring tale that lifts the heart.