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Subject: World war 1 fiction recommendations
Date Posted: 2/26/2010 6:30 PM ET
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I was wondering if anyone could suggest some good books about or set during WW1. 



Date Posted: 2/26/2010 6:43 PM ET
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The WWI novel is All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque. If you haven't read it, you're in for a treat.

Two I haven't read:

  • A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
  • No Angel by Penny Vincenzi

I also enjoy the Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd, which is post-WWI. Rutledge is a Scotland Yard detective, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Date Posted: 2/27/2010 8:06 AM ET
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Well I am a fan of historical mysterys. Jacqueline Winspeare's Maisie Dobbs Serries is excellent. Anne Perry has a very good 5 book series, the first book is no Graves Yet.

The classic All Quiet on the Western Front is excellent too.


Date Posted: 2/27/2010 1:09 PM ET
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I just picked up The Guns of August by Tuchman at a used book sale the other day. This is non-fiction -- and allegedly one of the best books about the first days of WWI (one that I've intended to read for years).

For fiction, I recommend . It's a prize-winning novel set in France in WWI in which a woman tries to find out what happened to her fiance who was officially "killed in the line of duty." It's well-written and is a terrific combination of a mystery, war story, and love story.

I've heard good reviews of Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, a love story set during WWI. Undoubtedly, someone here can comment.

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Date Posted: 2/27/2010 5:03 PM ET
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A fine World War I novel is A Soldier in the Great War, by Mark Helprin.   

Another excellent novel in which the fighting in Crimea figures importantly is Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernieres.   I was charmed by the characters who populated this book set in Anatolia (western part of Turkey) and how their small community cohered and cooperated because of generous toleration (even affection) for "the neighbors".  The people were a real "mixed bag"---Turks, Greeks, Armenians, Jews, Moslems, Christians, 'seculars', what-have-you---but before the days in which the novel takes place (World War I years) those differences did not make for antagonisms the way they came to, after the Great War.

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Date Posted: 2/27/2010 7:43 PM ET
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Thanks for all your great suggestions so far!!