Category: War story

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 The story of Australian doctor Dorrigo Evans, forced to work on the Burma Railway while held as a POW in WWII. Based on the experiences of the author’s father. ✎ “Evocative, lovely, terrifying, disturbing.  Similar to how I felt after reading… 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”

Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids – Kenzaburo Oe

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A Japanese war novel where 15 boys from a reformatory are sent to a rural village that is afflicted by the plague. ☁ “This book is gut-wrenchingly raw and darkly truthful, so much so it is almost too… Continue Reading “Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids – Kenzaburo Oe”

Atonement – Ian McEwan

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A girl’s half-innocent mistake ruins the lives of those around her, and she spends the rest of her life attempting to atone.  ⚈ “Briony Tallis, a 13-year-old from an upper class family spies an intimate moment between her sister and… Continue Reading “Atonement – Ian McEwan”

Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In the world of Mister Pip, reading Dickens represents salvation for a community ravaged by conflict. ⚈ “Lloyd Jones’s novel is set in a village on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville during the 1990s civil war. Jones covered it as… Continue Reading “Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones”