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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Living Through the War in Burma: Boyhood Trials Shape the Chindit is a powerful memoir by Trophy D'Souza. It documents the life of Charles Stephenson during his early years and his experiences during World War II. As a young boy, he grows up in Burma, in a community of Anglo-Indians and Anglo-Burmese in a small town called Thazi. At the age of four, he is sent to boarding school in neighboring Mandalay, and his life is never the same again. Charles suffers from a learning disability, but his teachers expect him to perform like a regular student. Unhappy and bored at the age of sixteen, he joins the army. As part of the British Empire, Burma got involved in the war when England declared war against Germany and the Axis Powers. While Germany was overrunning European countries and Italy was invading countries north of Africa, Japan showed its might in Asia.
Trophy D'Souza’s Living Through the War in Burma is a compelling read. It shows the struggles of Charles Stephenson, who overcame various challenges in his life. Narrated from the first-person point of view, D'Souza describes the people and places vividly, bringing to life the struggles and triumphs of Charles Stephenson. Through his experiences, we are exposed to the harsh realities of life during wartime, including the loss of loved ones, the struggles of soldiers on the front line, and the difficulties faced by civilians caught in the crossfire. Ultimately, it highlights the strength and resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity, and it’s an inspiring read.