➳ [Reading] ➶ Wave of Destruction: The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami By Erich Krauss ➩ – Uroturk.info
This was an amazing read It was interesting to read the first hand accounts of the Thai people who lived through the disaster. This is not pleasant reading, but it should be required reading for any American 12 years and beyond Let s face it We really do take what we have for granted This beautifully told story true is about four Thai families before the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004, and after These people had little to nothing before the disaster, even less after What they had to do to earn a living just to build a tiny little home on the beach is unimagineable to us we, who think we must have at least two bathrooms in our homes to be happy Can anyone reading this who has children think of having those children work thirteen hour days at the age of 6 Could any of us imagine having our children leave home at a very early age to work for rich families, families who abused them And yet, while these people suffered terribly, including losing loved ones we re talking one s entire family they carried on. This Exquisitely Written Book Puts A Human Face On The Tragedy Of Last Year S Southeast Asian Tsunami Through The Heartbreaking And Heroic Stories Of Four Who Survived This Cataclysmic Natural DisasterErich Krauss Arrived In The Thai Village Of Nam Keam On A Relief Truck Days After An Underwater Earthquake Of Unimaginable Magnitude Erupted Across The Ocean Floor And Unleashed A Tsunami That Destroyed Millions Of Lives And Decimated The Coastline Of Southeast Asia Wandering Around The Wreckage In A Contamination Suit, Trying To Deliver Food And Water, He Found Survivors Desperate To Tell Him What Their Village Had Been Like And How Their Lives Had Been Changed Forever In Wave Of Destruction, Krauss Shares The Pain And Privation Of Four Villagers Who Made It Through Alive Only To Bury Their Family And FriendsBeginning With Their Fight For Life As A Foot Wave Crashed Down Upon Their Community, And Ending With Their Slow, Confusing Quest To Rebuild After The Last Of The Bodies Had Been Buried, Krauss Unveils The Actions And Thoughts Of Ordinary People Who Were Forced To Brave Extraordinary Circumstances Much Like John Hersey Did In His Acclaimed Book Hiroshima, Krauss, A Gifted Writer And Expert In Thai Culture, Allows The Reader To Experience One Of The Worst Disasters The World Has Ever Known Through The Eyes Of Those Who Will Never Be Able To Forget This is an excellent book The author tells the story of four Thai families from Nam Khem, a poor and rather dangerous fishing village in one of the areas hardest hit by the 2005 tsunami The first third of the book introduces us to the families, and the area giving us a good grounding and a connection to the people, most of whom have worked hard all their lives for a very marginal standard of living In the second third, tsunami Though we ve all seen photos and video of the damage, the first hand testimony of the survivors is devastating, and the author s simple style serves the stories well Finally, the survivors rebuild, and try, with varying degrees of success, to recover something from the horrible destruction.The writing is sometimes repetitive, but generally solid Mostly, I much enjoyed reading a book about how the tsunami affected normal Thais, people who have a personal connection to the area, and have no choice other than to stay and try to work it out It s also a very good description of one segment of Thai life the people written about here are worth reading about not just due to their tragic situation, but because they are interesting, and the author brings them to life for the reader. I picked this book up because I m planning a trip to thailand and I always like looking into nonfiction books about major events in teh area This book did not dissapoint, giving me a great run down on the Tsunami and how it affected people at tehe personal level In addition, it gave me a better sense of culture for the area Poignat, well researched, and well written, I defintily recommend to anyone trying to improve their understanding of the 2004 tsunami. An excellent look at the great tsunami of December 26, 2004 that killed thousands in Southeast Asia, focusing on a group of survivors in one Thai village that was nearly levelled It shows graphically the struggle to survive the successive waves and the aftermath including finding the bodies of loved ones, having injuries treated in hospitals stretched beyond their limit and how some took advantage of the tragedy to line their pockets through looting and corruption One reflects how the best and worst comes out in people during disaster scenarios. Great, personal stories of tragedy and resilience from Nam Khem after the 2004 Indian tsunami Author did an amazing job of introducing the characters to the reader and telling the reader how the events unfolded that day and the aftermath I didn t like the way the author portrayed the Christian missionaries but unfortunately his account in this case may be accurate That was a very small part of the book and was part of the story so I don t fault him for including just wish it weren t true. Brandi recommended I read this book about the tsunami that hit Thailand The first part of the book builds up the history and details of some of the victims lives before the Tsunami hits and then shows how some of them recovered and rebuilt their lives Powerful stuff and highly recommended. So many of the stories we hear about the tsunami that hit Asia in 2004 are from the perspective of foreigners who were there on vacation This book tells the stories of four Thai families that lived through that terrible event. Amazingly evocative and heartfelt re telling of the devastating events of the boxing day tsunami in 2004 This book follows the story of 4 families experience of the Tsunami and the immediate aftermath, before giving a quick description of how they all struggled to get their lives, those who survived, back together in the few months following Of course at the point in which the book ends, no one is anywhere near being back on track, but the seeds are sewn to suggest that most of the people who s story we ve followed here are beginning to get the sorely lacking assistance that they needed, in form of donations and food, and labour to rebuild their lives.You cant fail to be moved by these families experiences here, you are given a brief biography of each family before the book turns to an extremely graphic and harrowing 1st person account of the tsunami itself from each families different point of view From being on a boat out on the sea, to being on the beach and ultimately being swept up by the waves themselves I d really recommend reading this book to make something of an attempt to even try to begin to understand what people went through on that day There are stories of hope, and amazing luck and good fortune as well as terrible descriptions of horrible tragedies as you would expect It is SO well written, it does not make light or glorify any of the events and experiences of the families featured here.Although mainly following the families perspectives exclusively, this book does touch on some wider issues that I was completely unaware of, particularly regarding widespread corruption reating to donations, financial and otherwise going missing or being unfairly issued to the wrong people Deliberately and otherwise Also, it covers the disgusting story of the far east company trying to conduct a landgrab in the midst of the cleanup and refusing families to return to their home to search for the bodies of their children and parents Highly recommend this book.