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A Prisoner in Turkey by John Still is a captivating memoir that takes readers on a turbulent journey through the author's experiences of being held captive in Turkey during World War I. This gripping narrative sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of history and offers a unique perspective on the human spirit's ability to endure even the harshest of circumstances.

From the very first page, Still's exceptional storytelling capabilities transport readers to the heart of the action. His vivid descriptions paint a vivid picture of the setting, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the turmoil and uncertainty of life as a prisoner. The author's attention to detail is commendable, as he provides fascinating insights into the daily struggles, psychological battles, and simple moments of joy that punctuated his time in captivity.

One of the book's strongest points is Still's ability to convey the complexities of human relationships during wartime. His interactions with fellow prisoners, as well as with his captors, provide thought-provoking insights into the spectrum of emotions experienced in such extreme circumstances. Still's descriptions of camaraderie, friendships, and even moments of empathy between captives and their captors add layers of depth to the narrative, challenging readers to question preconceived notions about the nature of war.

Despite the somber nature of the topic, A Prisoner in Turkey is also infused with moments of hope and resilience. Still's unwavering determination to survive, his ability to find solace in small moments of beauty, and his unwavering commitment to maintaining a sense of dignity amidst adversity serve as an inspiration throughout the book. It is through these moments that the author reminds readers of the power of the human spirit and the indomitable will to overcome even the most trying circumstances.

Though the narrative is engaging and the story is compelling, some readers may find themselves wishing for a more comprehensive exploration of certain aspects of Still's experience. While his descriptions of day-to-day life as a prisoner are richly detailed, readers may long for a deeper understanding of the historical context and the broader implications of the events unfolding around the author. Additionally, some readers may find the pacing uneven at times, with moments of intense action followed by slower, more introspective passages.

Overall, A Prisoner in Turkey is an enthralling and profoundly moving memoir that sheds light on a little-known period of history. John Still's ability to craft a compelling narrative, combined with his insights into the complexities of human relationships, make for a truly unforgettable reading experience. This book is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a reminder that, even in the darkest of times, hope can endure.

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ON ACTIVE SERVICE SERIES

A PRISONER IN TURKEY

By the Same Author

POEMS IN CAPTIVITY

THE BODLEY HEAD

[Illustration: THE KARA HISSAR

The Armenian Church appears just to the right of the large white building in the centre of the picture, at the foot of the crag]

A PRISONER IN TURKEY

BY JOHN STILL

[Illustration]

LONDON: JOHN LANE, THE BODLEY HEAD, W. NEW YORK: JOHN LANE COMPANY. MCMXX

PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN BY R. CLAY AND SONS, LTD., BRUNSWICK STREET, STAMFORD STREET, S.E. 1, AND BUNGAY, SUFFOLK.

FOREWORD

This book, like most books, consists both of facts and opinions. In order to fortify the facts, and so that it may be clearly seen that the opinions are justified, a number of extracts from the "Report on the Treatment of British Prisoners of War in Turkey," which was presented to Parliament in November, 1918, are included here by the special permission of the Controller of His Majesty's Stationery Office. So few people read Government publications that this course seems necessary.

In this official report it is stated that out of 16,583 British and Indian prisoners "Believed Captured," 3,290 are dead, and 2,222 untraced and almost certainly dead... Continue reading book >>




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