WONKS

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 World War II, The Philippines. Johnny Oldfield tells what it's like to grow up in a Japanese prison camp, his pivotal teenage years filled with danger and defeat, adventure and intrigue, cruelty and betrayal, starvation and death, survival and liberation.

 

Johnny calls himself a WONK (from the Chinese won gau, yellow dog) a mongrel running with a pack of rebellious kids and viewing his society from the ground up.

 

Separated from his father by the Japanese invasion, he gets his life lessons from a diverse cast of characters: his mother Ruth, a nurse with a strong and independent spirit; Harry Barnes, a storyteller who arrives from China carrying the urn of a friend's ashes; Southy Jack, an ex-pro boxer who trains boys in the manly art; Polecat, a mestizo pal with an all-consuming hatred for the Japanese; the Colonel, a wise old plantation owner who gives advice on survival; Haverford, a disgruntled alcoholic from Manila's high society; and Abiko, the feared officer of the Japanese camp guard.

 

This dramatic tale is played out in the heart of Manila, a city once called “the Pearl of the Orient,” now being destroyed bymassive bombing, strafing, artillery barrages and mortar attacks.

 

About the Author

Author Name : William Reese Hamilton

     William Reese Hamilton spent his childhood in North China and the Philippines, where he and his family were captured and imprisoned by the Japanese Army for over three years in Santo Tomas Internment Camp, Manila. His education includes bachelor and master of arts degrees in literature, and a mixed bag of experience: factory worker, lifeguard, ordinary seaman, English teacher, counterintelligence agent, Romanian interrogator, advertising copywriter and creative director. He left a fast-paced career in New York advertising for a remote colonial village on the coast of Venezuela. His work has appeared in over twenty print and online publications, including The Paris Review, The North American Review, The Adirondack Review, StoryQuarterly, Review Americana, Puerto del Sol and Eclectica Magazine.

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