Category: War story

At Night All Blood is Black – David Diop

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel ❝ Alfa and his ‘more than brother’ Mademba are Senglese, fighting for the French in World War I. Seen as ‘chocolate soldiers’ they are considered able to scare the life out of the enemy. After Mademba is fatally… Continue Reading “At Night All Blood is Black – David Diop”

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”