The Great Fire Set against the beautiful but tragic landscape of post-World War II Asia, "The Great Fire" tells a sweeping tale of the search for new beginnings in a world ravaged by tragedy. Thirty-two year old war hero Aldred Leith is in Japan to survey the Hiroshima devastation. His close friend and fellow veteran Peter Exley prosecutes Japanese war crimina... more »ls in Hong Kong. Striving to rebuild lives shattered by war, both men reach critical turning points.« less
This book has won many awards, including the National Book Award, and Shirley Hazzard's prose can be wonderful. For me, it was a little bit of a struggle to read through the entire book. Much of the story centers on an unlikely love story in the East, immediately after WW II.