Tag Archives: World War I

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

On May 7, 1915, the great ocean liner Lusitania, was sunk by a German U-boat patrolling the waters off the coast of Great Britain.  Nearly 1200 passengers died (including 98 children), and the world was outraged at an attack on … Continue reading

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We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen

From it’s opening setting of  Marstal, Denmark in 1848, We, The Drowned is a riveting saga of a real seafaring community.  Larger than life characters, like sailor Lauris Madsen, who creates a name for himself with his bravery, only to disappear … Continue reading

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A Fortunate Life by Albert Facey

Albert Facey was a storyteller.  Australian born in the late 1800’s, his mother abandoned him at just two years of age.  From then on, he led a remarkable life from being farmed out at a young age (to cruel and … Continue reading

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The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt

Ever since I read A.S. Byatt’s Possession, I’ve been yearning to read another Byatt novel that would delight me as much.  The Children’s Book came awfully close. This novel is a huge undertaking for the author.  It’s a magnum opus … Continue reading

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Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong is a novel of the First World War, including the Battle of the Somme in France. The novel opens just prior to the war, where a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford is staying at the home of a French businessman, … Continue reading

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When Books Went To War by Molly Guptill Manning

I enjoyed Manning’s book: When Books Went To War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II.  It was a heart-warming story of learning to love reading- a love I have myself. It turns out soldiers love books. Most of … Continue reading

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Birds Of A Feather by Jacqueline Winspear

A few weeks back I mentioned that I generally don’t like mysteries.  Well, this is the third mystery I’ve read in recent weeks that I’ve absolutely loved.  So prepare to watch me eat humble pie. The thing that makes Jacqueline … Continue reading

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