Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 1998
CS ISBN $44.95 Five cassettes
This story of women and children held as prisoners of war by the Japanese in WWII takes its title from the "vocal orchestra," composed of camp members who transcribed and performed classical music, giving the camp members a respite from the pain and deprivation of camp life. Nadia May's performance brings the listener directly into this stark reality. Through the plaintive voice of young children, she cries out as fathers and older brothers pass by the camp on rare occasions. The increasing weariness and loss of hope for liberation is poignant and striking. Supplemental material is presented at the end of the book. This material works much more effectively in the audio format than would footnotes or endnotes. J.E.M. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 99]
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