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War and its Impact.

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War is something that affects many. If you are like me so far you are lucky to have escaped. The closest I have come to it is a Grandfather injured in WW1. Fortunately my father was deaf and never saw active duty although he did join the air force during WW2. But war does have an emotional, physical, psychological and social impact on many. These books are all connected because of their link to war and the way in which they highlight these things.

Book coverSuitcase of Dreams by Tania Blanchard tells the story of a German family who emigrate to Australia to find freedom and new opportunities. They do eventually find that but they still carry with them the tensions of their past rooted in WW11.

Also impinging upon them are the horrors of the Vietnam war, again they are haunted by what war can do and its dreadful waste.

Book CoverIn Tides of Honour we meet Danny Baker a World War 1 soldier badly wounded and sent home. The loss of a leg in those times was even more challenging than it would be today. And not only that, what he has witnessed – seeing his friends blown apart has to have placed upon him a heavy burden.

Audrey, the woman he meets in France turns out to be someone who loves him and helps him battle the inner demons… until those demons become very challenging. It turns out that another disaster is a turning point for them.

book cover The Spitfire Girls by Soraya M. Lane details for us the excellent contribution young women pilots in England and the USA made to WW2. They had to make their way among the world of men and public prejudice at time. But they worked on bravely in difficult conditions.

 

book coverThe Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen explores the upheaval of World War 1 and the far flung impact on the people in England. Hardly one family was left untouched by loss, and if not loss – men who return who are deeply scarred by the experience.  Class barriers begin to tone down, women take on new roles, in this case the role of land girls.

book cover In The Military Wife by Laura Trentham  we explore modern war and its repercussions through the eyes of SEALS and their challenges and struggles with injury and PTSD. We also see the effects and challenges for their wives and family.

In 2019 have you read a book that could fit into this book connect?

22 thoughts on “War and its Impact.”

  1. Not in 2019, no, and it isn’t a ‘genre’ I read a lot, but before I’ve read Birdsong (which was good) and Atonement (which I love).

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  2. Great post Kathryn, WWII is one of my favorite eras to read, I love Genevieve Graham’s novels that all deal with Canadians and War and another favorite is Pam Jenoff. Have you ever read her

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  3. I haven’t read any this year. Your post is a great topic. I have read some books centered on War in the past. The first book that comes to mind is The Nightingale – the second Gone With The Wind.

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  4. I never even thought about my grandmother’s dad being in the war before I noticed this painting and she was all oh he took that with him from the war…ahem, yes looting though, some would say saving it from the Soviets since it was out country. And mum’s dad had grenade splinters in him the rest of his life.

    Also, I did read The lost girls of Paris this February so that does fit

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  5. World War II affected my family the most. Both my grandfathers were in the army. One was a pilot and the other was a paratrooper but neither saw active service. The paratrooper was actually on a ship heading to Japan when Japan surrendered. It actually changed my maternal grandfather’s life for the positive. He joined up as soon as he graduated from high school in 1943 and got into the pilot’s training and it morphed into a long career. I think it provided far more financial stability and education than he would have had access to if things had been different. I had an uncle who landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day and I think he struggled with it his whole life though he never talked about it much. I enjoy books set on the homefront during World War I and II especially because that’s a story that’s not told all that much and that would have been my reality so it fascinates me far more than the front stories. I really need the Rhys Bowen book. It looks wonderful and I’ve really loved her historical fiction books.

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    1. Such interesting impact stories Katherine. The uncle you mention – I feel for him and all the men who were with him. Yes the homefront stories are great and there seems to be more written these days about them.

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  6. I haven’t read any books set during a war this year…so far. But I find them very emotional and memorable. I tend toward the WWII books, mostly because the distance helps. Vietnam War books also grab me, mostly because I protested that war, along with other students, but then afterwards, some of the “boat people” came to our city. Their perspective was different from mine, which is always useful.

    One of my nephews served in the Iraq war…and was emotionally damaged afterwards. Sigh.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I loved your sharing of these experiences Laurel Rain, the Vietnam War did impact us here, although I don’t remember much about it, but having the boat people give a different view of it is really interesting. Time tells us so much more. Made me so sad to hear about your nephew, the story of so many.

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    1. I always think I’m not a big historical reader but I seem to have read quite a few already for 2019! So many stories to be told and I guess a good way to learn history.

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