We Band of Angels : The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese

by Elizabeth M. Norman | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0375502459 Global Overview for this book
Registered by RlyLv2Rd of Viroqua, Wisconsin USA on 5/17/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by RlyLv2Rd from Viroqua, Wisconsin USA on Monday, May 17, 2004
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Journal Entry 2 by RlyLv2Rd from Viroqua, Wisconsin USA on Friday, October 21, 2005
So, I finally read this to send off to FSR44 :). Sorry it took so long!!

I am going to have a hard time putting my thoughts into words on this book. The story is so profound and moving, but the author writes in a very wooden factual way. Once the story develops (in the middle of the book) you sort of lose yourself over to the profound experience these amazing women forge through. Unfortunately, as the author tries to end the story, she once again goes back to stating a blow by blow account of each of these courageous women, and many of their final days.

I am sort of sorry to have read this book as I wish a more developed writer would have taken the story, and allowed it to unfold vs. stamping it out on paper, play by play. It is an amazing story to be shared throughout time, unfortunately, the author took a lot away from the inner turmoil and tumult with her inexperience or lack of storytelling ability.

It took me forever to get through this book as both beginning and end were arduous. Hope FSR44 enjoys it.

Released 13 yrs ago (10/22/2005 UTC) at Fellow BookCrosser in Postal release, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases

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Going to FSR44 as an overdue RABCK!

Journal Entry 4 by fsr44 from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Saturday, October 29, 2005
Received today. I greatly look forward to reading this. Thank you!

Journal Entry 5 by fsr44 from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Monday, November 14, 2005
I loved this book. Yes, the author isn't the most imaginative writer, and she does repeat herself a bit. Still, the history itself is so compelling that the story overrode those minor concerns. I'll confess that I am a WWII-phile, so this type of book is right up my alley. I don't know if it would hold similar appeal for someone with a more casual interest.

Journal Entry 6 by fsr44 from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Monday, November 14, 2005
Sending to bookczuk to pass off to some nurse friends who may appreciate this.

Journal Entry 7 by wingbookczukwing from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Monday, November 21, 2005
Received for the ever lovely FSR when she returned this book to me. Though I've read this before, I look forward to looking through it again, and will then pass it on to another nurse here in town.

Journal Entry 8 by wingbookczukwing from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Friday, December 02, 2005
I found myself wondering, as I did when first reading this, if I'd have been able to measure up to these women. Amazing. I don't think I have as much strength, inginuity and courage.

We have a bunch of nurses in our BookCrossing group here in Charleston, and I shall take this with me to our December meet-up.

Thank you for thinking of me and sending it along!

PS- though the writing wsa tough at time, I am giving it a nine for the courage of the women and the amount it made me think.

Journal Entry 9 by kiptrix from Summerville, South Carolina USA on Sunday, December 11, 2005
Brought this home today from our BC meeting at Kudu Coffee. Since I am a nurse, and I enjoy WWII books, I'm thinking that this will appeal to me.

Journal Entry 10 by kiptrix from Summerville, South Carolina USA on Friday, May 26, 2006
What a story! The contribution these women made to the war effort was outstanding. If I ever learned anything about them in school, I have forgotten it. But their experience has been etched into my memory now. There were many examples of individual courage, which they just attributed to "doing their duty". I hope that if I had been in their place, I would have performed as well. These women honored their profession and their gender.

Yes, the book was written in a dry manner, but I feel that the author was concerned with presenting an accurate history, and portions of it occurred simultaneously in different locations. The style didn't bother me, and I was confident that I was getting the real story, as I flipped back and forth to the footnotes. I wish the nurses had received more recognition later on in their lives; most Americans today, I imagine, have no idea that all this went on.

I may use this as a Memorial Day release.

Journal Entry 11 by kiptrix at Sam's Club in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (5/31/2006 UTC) at Sam's Club in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania USA

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Left on the film drop-off booth near entrance. Released in honor of the real Memorial Day.

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