The tsunami of 2004, which devastated so much of South-East Asia and beyond, killed over 200,000 people.
The author was in Thailand on the day the waves came ashore, and some days later, he arrived with relief supplies.
He found not only a village wrecked beyond repair, but also people whose lives had been shattered and whose stories were full of horror and despair.
And yet. They wanted to talk; and he let them.
The author has concentrated on just four families to represent their countrymen out of the hundreds of thousands who survived, and how they dealt with the aftermath.
The Thai people are resilient and tough. It is eye-opening to hear their stories and impossible not to identify with them and hope that their future lives will be better.
A memorable and moving book.
Title: Wave of destruction : the stories of four families and history's deadliest tsunami
Author: Erich Krauss
- Reviewed by Clare K, Massey Library
Clare works with the Massey Library team, and enjoys reading fiction and nonfiction, but especially enjoys true-life stories.