War and Remembrance

War and Remembrance

A Novel

Book - 1978 | 1st trade ed
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These two classic works capture the tide of world events even as they unfold the compelling tale of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.The multimillion-copy bestsellers that capture all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of the Second World War -- and that constitute Wouk's crowning achievement -- are available for the first time in trade paperback. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1978
Edition: 1st trade ed
ISBN: 9780316955010
Branch Call Number: FIC/WOU


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Aug 09, 2020

Even more glorious and slightly longer than its prequel The Winds of War, this novel, along with the prequel, is easily one of the greatest war stories ever written in the history of literature. Wouk does a fantastic job with descriptive writing to describe World War Two. It's certainly very sad but truthful, and it is very, very educational for all ages. Both novels are focused around a naval attaché, Pug Henry, his family, and the drama centered around different family members. Each family member has their own situation to deal with. And it certainly portrays an extremely rough period of western history very bona fide. Even romantic situations in this novel are praiseworthy so much in that they lack the almost fake boom that several other authors use in romance. It is amazingly realistic, and its descriptive writing is certainly incredibly underrated. It's a fictional novel that manages to capture the reader's interest so much that the reader feels like s/he is a part of the war or at the very least has been affected by it. Some subplots are very emotional, such as the horrible treatment of Natalie Jastrow, her uncle, professor Aaron Jastrow, and Natalie's son or episodes of brutal mass murders carried out in the gas chambers. Natalie risks her well-being to rescue her uncle from inside Italy. In an emotion-inducing way, Wouk shows that even during times of precipitous crisis, people can still be benevolent to others. The kinetic storyline is very fast but thorough, and it definitely can captivate interested readers. After all, appeal to emotion is one of the few ways to brand a lesson into anyone’s mind. After reading both this and the prequel, which is absolutely critical to understanding the entire story and reading about the entire war and its horrors, I can safely say this is one of the best novels I've ever read. I commend the author Herman Wouk!

Aug 05, 2020

War and Remembrance picks up where The Winds of War left off, and like its partner, it is an amazingly engaging book that does what Herman Wouk does best: it tells the story of a worldwide conflict through the eyes of everyday people who are caught up in it. The novel describes the experiences of the Henry family during the final conflicts of World War II and the struggles of the Jastrow family as they are shuttled between some of the most infamous concentration camps, including Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. War and Remembrance is a deeply impactful and at times gut-wrenching novel that really expresses what the war was like for people who lived in that time. Herman Wouk is a fantastically descriptive and evocative author whose books I would definitely read again.

Jul 29, 2019

The author manages the difficult feat of weaving in a fictional family with historical events and characters and providing them with meaningful roles without affecting the outcome of the historical event. The historical people and events are well researched and come to life in fiction perhaps better than in non-fiction. Although we know the result of the historical events, the author manages to engage our attention and interest.

I do wish the author would have taken some more time to flesh out the ending - is seems so rushed and the concept would seem very promising to expand so that the readers would better understand the state of post war Europe.

Feb 09, 2019

Sequel to Winds of War. Another epic novel that tells the fate of the Henry family through World War II.

Oct 13, 2017

Conclusion of the "The Winds of War"
Can be read on its own but you would literally be missing out on half of the story.
Both books a brilliant read

Mar 01, 2014

This was one the best novels I've ever read. The story is woven amidst the drama of World War II, the terror of the Holocaust, the then-high-tech excitement of battleship and submarine warfare, and politics as practiced by FDR, Hitler and Stalin. Herman Wouk is an educated, literate man who did painstaking primary and secondary research for this book. I love a complex story richly told and this certainly was that.

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