Books: Write for Your Life

WHEN THE ENEMY IS TIRED by Russell Braddon. 251 pages. Viking. $5.95.

"This is a touching little tale."

"I'm a touching little author."

A creative-writing teacher and a smart-alecky student? No. A Chinese major and a captive Australian colonel. The time is 1975, and the colonel is a victim of the old Chinese ball-point torture. He has been given three pens and ordered to write the story of his life up to the age of 20, starting with the first things he remembers. Object of the exercise: not make-do Adlerian therapy but a complete brainwash. "What I must do in the weeks that follow,"...

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