Welcome to the third month of the reading/blogging event Flavia and Melanie are hosting, Calendar Girls! It’s a monthly event designed to ignite bookish discussions between bloggers based on the monthly theme. For more information, check out Melanie or Flavia’s launch posts!
This month we are discussing novels with an active war.
There are a lot of books about war. Being very interested in especially the political atmosphere the revolutionary war, I have read so many non-fiction and fiction books about it. Shout to the middle school treasure Johnny Tremain, who was fictionally employed by Paul Revere, that sparked this in me. Paul Revere, in case you are unfamiliar with him, was the man who did not travel across Massachuttes warning about the British. His name is just easier to rhyme with things.
However, my vote for best novel with an active war is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
This book is beautifully tragic, it is written through the voice of Death and their interaction with a German girl during World War II. This young girl, Liesel, does her best to survive in a world where nothing seems like it can last long. The people she is living with are hiding a Jewish man in their basement, and she has to grabble with the semantics of wanted to be loyal to German and her foster parents and knowing that if anyone finds out, they will all mostly die. Liesel does what she can to make herself feel as normal as possible, she steals books and hides them as she watches libraries burn in the street.
This book is beautiful and shows the human side, the young kid human side, Liesel is in her early teens if I’m remembering it correctly, of this war. It’s deeply emotional and definitely one of the best books of the 21st century so far.
Have you read The Book Thief? What were your feelings about it?
How about you? What is your pick for the best novel about war?
Until next time internet,