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No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War Paperback – October, 1999
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He didn't know when WWII ended and every attempt by Americans, locals, and even friends and familiy from Japan, to get him to come out was seen as a trap by Onoda. Only when his orders were specifically rescinded, did he emerge. Over the years his skills in evading and surviving were honed to a edge.
For humanists this is a positive message and a remarkable tale about the ability of the human spirit to endure great hardships for the sake of beliefs and duty. Less positive, from a mental health perspective, the book is a startling illustration of the power of the mind to program itself to shut out all messages and signals it does not wish to receive.
Although there were repeated attempts to contact Onada, all failed. For instance, he found a newspaper article about himself about 10 years after the war ended. He believed the article was "enemy propaganda" and was "an attempt to get me to surrender".
Finally, in the 70's, Onada's superior ranking officer finally made contact with him and told him to come home. He complied.
No Surrender is an incredibly interesting read, even if you're not interested in history/World War II. The story is very captivating, and Onada's will to survive is amazing.
I would definitely recommend this book.
The only thing was though Onada didn't really need to fight for longer than the one or two years after 1945 when the war ended - that is if his mind wasn't blocking out all the information that was showing him the war was over. No matter what happened he was too suspicious that it was a trap by the American's or Filipinos. I found the story amazing but after a while one has to wonder if he will ever believe anything.
Countless times the island was blanketed with notes dropped from planes that said the war was over & Japan had surrendered. One of the soldiers he lived with walked away from Onada & his friends in 1949 (after 5 years living with Onada). He walked to freedom & then came back & tried to convince the last 3 soldiers (Onada, Shimada & Kozuka) to give up - that the war was over, they were wasting their time. They dropped notes with the 3 soldiers names on it, pictures of Onada's family members...& walked around the island with bullhorns yelling that the war was over. Onada, Shimada & Kozuka heard this from their friend & saw the notes but were convinced that their friend was captured by the enemy & it was all a trap.
Over the years his brother came & yelled on speakers to get Onada to surrender, Onada got within 150 yards of his brother & recognized him & his voice but still thought it was a trap.Read more ›
For whatever reason the contents of the book fascinate me and a full year after reading it I find that I still reflect on it from time to time. I tend to take Hiroo at his word and believe him when he states that he believed he was following orders to wage a guerilla war and never realized the war was over.
On the other hand, I gave the book to my father and he believes Hiroo was a strange sort that was happy to escape from society and had selfish reasons for living in the bush for 30 years, but he too ejoyed the reading.
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Could have been better written. Great story just did not live up to my expectations in the story telling area.Published 4 days ago by tim m.
Great story told in the words of Mr Onoda, translation done very wellPublished 14 days ago by Scott C
Very interesting indeed! One thing is clear- that is how thoroughly he was inculcated with wartime Japanese propaganda. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jay
WONDERFUL YET UNBELIEVEABLE INFORMATION. THERE IS ONE PLACE THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET LUBANG ISLAND. I CAN VAQUELY REMEMBER THE HEADLINES OF THIS STORY WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.Published 2 months ago by paul ange
It was a great story I would recommend this to my friends who are interested in world war two -benPublished 3 months ago by Benjamin Guthrie
A fascinating memoir by a Japanese soldier, on what must be an almost unique human experience.
I was shocked by the lack of logic (so as not to say stupidity) and the... Read more