The Seed and the Sower

The Seed and the Sower

Laurens van der Post

Language: English

Pages: 167

ISBN: B0007IU9KQ

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Seed and the Sower

Laurens van der Post

Language: English

Pages: 167

ISBN: B0007IU9KQ

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


What follows is the story of two British officers whose spirit the Japanese try to break. Yet out of all the violence and misery strange bonds are forged between prisoners - and their gaolers. In a battle for survival that becomes a battle of contrasting wills and philosophies as the intensity of the men's relationships develop.

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notes were perhaps a trifle uncertain but before the end of the first line his gift for music confidently took over. By the second line his little tune sounded well and truly launched. But he didn’t realize, poor devil, that the very faultlessness of his performance was the worst thing that could have happened. The essence of his role in the proceedings was that of scapegoat. He should not only look like one but also behave accordingly. Anything else destroyed his value as a symbol and deprived

myself how moon-swung Hara and his countrymen were. But that was by no means all there was to it. That was only the elementary beginning of it all. The more complete truth was: they were all still deeply submerged like animals, insects and plants in the succession of the hours, the movement of day into night and of the days into their lunar months and the months into their seasons. They were subject to cosmic rhythm and movement and ruled by cosmic forces beyond their control to an extent

later he was released into our midst, and pushed unceremoniously through the prison gates in the way I have described. For the first few days in our improvised hospital Celliers slept most of the time, seeming to take his medicine, food and injections without waking. But when he did wake he seemed set on the way to a quick recovery. He would have liked to get up at once to join the rest of us but the doctors insisted that he should stay in hospital for at least another fortnight. He accepted the

have denied the rumour outright but he did not have the heart to do so. He merely answered that he had heard nothing either about so stupendous a naval victory or so great a landing. Whereupon the man, his bloodshot eyes tragic in the candlelight, sighed deeply and exclaimed: ‘Ag! Even if the news is not entirely accurate, there must be something in it. No smoke without fire, you know! In any case I believe we’ll have good news soon. It cannot go on like this, always being bad, then worse and yet

Yes! The telephone in his room next door was ringing loudly in one long, unbroken chain of urgent sound. She was still happily fast asleep. He managed to leave the room without waking her. The Australian Brigade-Major was on the line. ‘That you, Colonel Lawrence? Good.’ The officer spoke with a suspicious nonchalance which Lawrence knew well came to his kind only in moments of extreme crisis: ‘Thought you’d like to know our night patrols have just come in. The Japs are coming up fast on a broad

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