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Discussion in 'WWII Books & Publications' started by Elinor Florence, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. Elinor Florence

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    Some good ones there, for sure
     
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    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    Some excellent selections.
     
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    For your winter reading pleasure, I've listed 23 of my all-time favourite wartime novels on my blog Wartime Wednesdays.

    Some are for women, some are for men, all are for everyone.

    http://elinorflorence.com/blog/118200
     

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    I responded on your blog, but I'll do it here as well. Your list is very impressive. I've read a number of them. but The Cruel Sea, which I read years ago, has stayed with me.
     
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    I have never read it, good read?
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Oh yes. It may be old (1951, I think), but it captures the effect of the North Atlantic quite well.
     
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    I know that her list was compiled with certain parameters, but Leon Uris's Battle Cry and Mila 18, great reads. Battle Cry impacted me as a youth and as a grown man. Very powerful story.
     
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    I'll pick it up
     
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    I am presently reading Hillenbrand's Unbroken which she mentioned above. Gripping story.
     
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    I read it too. Excellent read. There are other books on Zamperini out there.
     
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    Yes, The Cruel Sea is a fantastic book. I find that some of the older books are better - is it because the war was still so fresh when they were written?

    My only parameters were books that I have read and loved, and because I couldn't put up 50 of them (I guess I could, but it was a lot of work).

    And yes, Leon Uris is a great writer and I loved Exodus. I had almost forgotten about that one. Thank you for reminding me!
     
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    I read Mila 18 when I was in high school. A college professor suggested I compare it to Hersey's The Wall. I did, and I found a greater appreciation of both.
     
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    Excellent selection!
     
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    Otto Rested & Resupplied with MREs. Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Thanks Owen, threads merged.

    Sorry to see you old WW handle go, I like the uniformity though.
     
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    The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.
    My teenage daughter likes that book & tried to get me to read it.
    I gave up after a few pages though.
    It didn't do anything for me.

    I think I read The Cruel Sea years ago when I was a teenager but not quite sure.
    I do remember reading this one of his though, it helped as we were on holiday in Malta at the time.

    The Kappillan of Malta
    http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_Kappillan_of_Malta.html?id=pu83AgAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y

    I recently read an old copy of A Town Like Alice , quite enjoyed that.
     
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    I could go on for ages with recommendations ( and I very much enjoyed reading through yours ).

    As you have yet to have the experience of reading Guy Sajer's 'The Forgotten Soldier', may I recommend another 'novelized memoir' but from the British side ? It's worth tracking down a copy of 'The Cauldron' by 'Zeno' ( otherwise Platoon Sgt Ken Allerton of the Parachute Regiment's Independent Company ). Published in 1966 ( with later paperback reprints ) it is a remarkable evocation of the fighting at Arnhem written by someone who was there.
     
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    My wife read the Book Thief and insisted I read it because it appealed to my interest. I find NEW novels set during the war a tough sell. I agree with Eleanor, some are too detached from realism and can't capture because of 60 plus years. It was a quick read and an effective drama that was satisfying in the end.
     
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    Thanks to your suggestions, I posted a followup on my blog today at www.elinorflorence.com/blog/118330. Thanks, Everyone!
     

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