Battleground of dishonour and sex

Dr John Murphy 

It weaves a back-story around the true events of the breakout of Japanese prisoners of war from a rural NSW camp in Cowra during World War II.

There is no doubt that Keneally can tell a tale, but the scenes he sets up seem to be artifices that largely do not inform the theme in any meaningful way and the characters seem somewhat puppet-like.

There is Alice who has an illicit affair with an Italian POW who comes to work on the farm while her husband is overseas at the war.

The camp commandant’s marital life is explored from affairs through separation,