Category: War story

All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie A WWII novel about young victims of the war and the unique ways in which they communicate ❝ During the occupation of Paris a young girl named Marie-Laure loses her sight and relies on a miniature model of… Continue Reading “All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr”

Sophie’s Choice – William Styron

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An aspiring novelist is captivated by a Holocaust survivor and her unpredictable boyfriend ❝ Stingo is a Southern young man aspiring to be a novelist and living off the income from his grandmother’s controversial sale of slaves many… Continue Reading “Sophie’s Choice – William Styron”

Remote Sympathy – Catherine Chidgey

Read for NZ Book Awards An inmate at Buchenwald concentration camp aids the commandant who is trying to save his wife’s life ⫸ “Remote Sympathy tells the stories of several people and families who all have one thing in common: the Buchenwald concentration camp… Continue Reading “Remote Sympathy – Catherine Chidgey”

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya In 1939 Nazi Germany a young girl with a foster family begins collecting found books and attempting to understand her new reality. ⚑ “The Book Thief was my book choice and I was glad for it, an easy… Continue Reading “The Book Thief – Markus Zusak”

The Train – Georges Simenon

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks On May 10, 1940, as Nazi tanks approach, Marcel Feron abandons his home and, separated from his wife, joins a freight car of refugees hurtling southward ahead of the pursuing invaders. ❍”Marcel, a timid, happy man must abandon his home… Continue Reading “The Train – Georges Simenon”

The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Australian doctor Dorrigo Evans is forced to work on the Burma Railway while held as a POW in WWII ✎ This is the story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian surgeon. It is about his time in a Japanese prisoner of war… Continue Reading “The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan”

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A satirical war story following Captain John Yossarian and his men, which first coined the phrase Catch-22. Often referred to as one of the greatest literary works of the 20th century. ❖ “This is one of those hilarious but… Continue Reading “Catch-22 – Joseph Heller”

Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A satirical, metafictional novel about the bombing of Dresden during WWII, which the author survived by hiding in the cellar of a slaughterhouse. The protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, becomes unstuck in time as a result of shell-shock and begins time-travelling.… Continue Reading “Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut”

Half Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In 1940s France a black cabaret singer disappears. Fifty years on, one of his bandmates, Sid, embarks on a journey to discover Hieronymous’s fate. ✔ “Hiero is an African German and a member of a jazz band in pre-war Berlin.  The Nazis… Continue Reading “Half Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan”

Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids – Kenzaburo Oe

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A Japanese war novel where 15 boys are sent to a rural village full of hostile people and sickness ☁ “Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids tells of a group of boys from a reform school who are… Continue Reading “Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids – Kenzaburo Oe”