Tag Archives: World War II

Sons And Soldiers by Bruce Henderson

During World War II, the allies had a secret weapon: German-born Jews who volunteered their service in the U.S. military were trained in interrogating prisoners and collecting information.  The 2,000 man team, known as Ritchie Boys, served in European combat and, … Continue reading

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The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

I admit I broke one of my rules when I chose to read this book:  “Never read any book that is described as Magical Realism.”  But, this book is hailed as a classic – a window into World War II Soviet … Continue reading

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The Caves of Perigord by Martin Walker

When the book opens, Lydia Dean, receives a rare walk-in client to the London auction house in which she works.  Major Phillip Manners presents a piece of rock with a painting of a bull on it, they both understand this … Continue reading

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The Butterfly And The Violin by Kristy Cambron

Sera James and William Hanover both have a interest in a single painting, of a woman with a shaved head, a violin, and a tattoo on her arm from the concentration camp at Auschwitz.  Their search for this painting  reveals the … Continue reading

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The Wreckage by Michael Crummey

Wish Furey is a young Catholic man making his way in Newfoundland, off the coast of Canada, at the outset of World War II.  His world is turned upside down when he meets Mercedes (Sadie) Parsons.  Deeply in love, the … Continue reading

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Five Quarters Of The Orange by Joanne Harris

The author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris, presents a mesmerizing work of historical fiction with Five Quarters of the Orange.  Framboise Simon (nee Dartigen) returns to her home village in France to set up an eatery using her mother’s recipes.  The … Continue reading

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Obasan by Joy Kogawa

Obasan is an autobiographical novel about the author’s experience in a Japanese internment camp during the 1940’s in Canada.  Kogawa was a child when her family was relocated from a large city to a rural community. The family was Canadian … Continue reading

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