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A handful of rice

William Allister

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In a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp somewhere in Malaya a group of Canadian officers and other ranks are struggling to survive. There are the three young men, the officer Don Turner and the privates Tony Welles and Blacky Valois who have foughtMoreIn a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp somewhere in Malaya a group of Canadian officers and other ranks are struggling to survive. There are the three young men, the officer Don Turner and the privates Tony Welles and Blacky Valois who have fought together in the shambles of Hong Kong. There is the older Welland, masterful and ruthless. It is Welland who strikes a bargain with the Japanese, promising to make his men work on the construction of a new airfield and in exchange being given control of the internal administration of the camp.For Turner this means better times ahead. But not for Tony and Blacky and their companions. For the promised increase in rations goes all to the officers, and soon it is clear that Welland will take the side of the Japanese against his own men so that his own comforts shall not suffer. How indignation among men rises to boiling point, and then, with Blacky as the reluctant ringleader, boils over in organized sabotage and revolt, is the main strand in Mr. Allisters exciting, horrifying and moving story.