Book Review by Jill Smith©Oct16
Title: Heaven Tempers the Wind – Story of a War Child
Author: Hazel Barker
Publisher: Armour Books
This is a memoir of a lovely lady I know through the Writers club. Hazel is a gentle soul with eyes that view the world in a positive light.
This story is a horrendous journey through a little girls’ eyes. I love how she describes her early life in Rangoon. The attack on Burma by the Japanese forces her family to escape capture. Hazel kisses her dolls goodbye when they leave expecting to return. Her innocent belief was that they were going on holiday. The attack on Rangoon began on the 23rd December 1941. It was four long years suffering hunger and deprivation that they existed.
Hazels’ father, mother, older sister, two older brothers, younger disabled brother and nanny leave their safe world. They begin their journey away from the bombing, by car, expecting to find shelter as they go, as her father was a British official. They soon leave the car to walk with the growing throng of refugees running from one camp to another.
United as a family. The children and wife, have the added battle of surviving an abusive alcoholic father. His Muslim belief were at odds with her mother’s Catholic grounding. Hazel adored her mother and became wary of her father.
The book ended on a hopeful note. Although now, their prisoner is their father.
I wonder how Hazel survived after seeing so much horror to become the beautiful person she is today. Her mother instilling a love of literature, reading and imagination helped her cope.