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War and Remembrance 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. War and Remembrance is a legitimate 5 STAR book if there ever was one It is, along with The Winds of War, the Gold Standard of historical fiction for World War II.Readers should seriously consider reading The Winds of War before reading this book for two reasons One, the first book in the dualology is a prequel and the understanding the story and the characters makes reading the second book that muchenjoyable The second reason is to be sure you like how Herman Wouk writes and treats h War and Remembrance is a legitimate 5 STAR book if there ever was one It is, along with The Winds of War, the Gold Standard of historical fiction for World War II.Readers should seriously consider reading The Winds of War before reading this book for two reasons One, the first book in the dualology is a prequel and the understanding the story and the characters makes reading the second book that muchenjoyable The second reason is to be sure you like how Herman Wouk writes and treats history Most people do but if you re one of those ultra picky readers, you may find his canvas too broad, his characters too perfect and his treatment of historical figures too narrow If that s the case, you need not waste your time reading the second book.For me, however, Wouk is a master storyteller and these two books are fantastic They deal with a period of history that is my passion and I certainly tip my hat to Wouk for his thoughtful and thorough research For wonderful thought provoking entertainment and a history lesson all rolled into one, these two books are the best you can get John E NevolaAuthor of The Last Jump A Novel of World War II This review covers both books in this story of World War II, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance Together they follow the experience and growth of Victor Henry, a U.S Navy Officer, his family, and the many people they meet American and otherwise in the great events of that global conflict As with all great novels, these books are not meant merely to entertain, but to teach and communicate something of the human condition Here, the auther attempts to reveal the depth of human goodnes This review covers both books in this story of World War II, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance Together they follow the experience and growth of Victor Henry, a U.S Navy Officer, his family, and the many people they meet American and otherwise in the great events of that global conflict As with all great novels, these books are not meant merely to entertain, but to teach and communicate something of the human condition Here, the auther attempts to reveal the depth of human goodness and evil to document the human ability to strive, to suffer, to hurt, and to love and to show the final virtue in individual goodness I sometimes feel like placid, comfortable lives tend to obscure humanity there is no need for greatness and no opportunity This is also dealt with in the story, for though the events of this story take place during a world war, a relatively small part of the book takes place during actual combat All in all, this is a masterful work, equally attractive to those who enjoy romance and those who enjoy battle In my mind it stands with War and Peace as one of the greatest novels of all time I read these back in the 80s at the same time a friend of mine did She loved them and sort of aimed me at them we both liked Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth and a few other authors I can t say I liked these as much as she did.This duology concentratedheavily so heavily on the romances and love lives of the characters in these books that I was hardily sick of them by the time I finished The books basically became one long extended soap opera so far as I was concerned The actions of I read these back in the 80s at the same time a friend of mine did She loved them and sort of aimed me at them we both liked Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth and a few other authors I can t say I liked these as much as she did.This duology concentratedheavily so heavily on the romances and love lives of the characters in these books that I was hardily sick of them by the time I finished The books basically became one long extended soap opera so far as I was concerned The actions of the characters were annoying, and by turns predictable or infuriating for example no details here to avoid a spoiler, but one of our female protagonists makes such incomprehensible decisions it came very close to winning the book a flight out the window it was however a library book so I couldn t fling it Slight Spoiler Below Line view spoiler The Jewish young lady manages to get trapped inside Nazi Germany and set up her emotional adultery as her American love serves on a submarine in the war.If I want a soap opera I can watch TV Sonot great hide spoiler This book was my life for a good 2 months and I will never be the same I read this before Winds of War which is actually supposed to be first I would recommend reading them in order, but I do believe that War and Remembrance is slightly better It s the story of a family during WWII, and you grow to absolutely care about everyone, and really understand all the complexities and personality flaws of the characters Some are in America, some are in Europe, some feel strongly against Hitler, some This book was my life for a good 2 months and I will never be the same I read this before Winds of War which is actually supposed to be first I would recommend reading them in order, but I do believe that War and Remembrance is slightly better It s the story of a family during WWII, and you grow to absolutely care about everyone, and really understand all the complexities and personality flaws of the characters Some are in America, some are in Europe, some feel strongly against Hitler, some aren t sure, some are fighting, some are waiting, some are suffering, some are stuck in Europe, some are in love, some are out of love, some are cheating, some are faithful till the end, some are hunted, some are hunting I could go on This mass market paperback I found in a used bookstore was like 1400 pages So be prepared for that The regular paperback is probably 900 100o pages So worth it Quite brilliant and at times unforgettable. Just arrived from Jamaica through BM.A magnificent work of fiction written by Herman Wouk with plenty of historical facts.Among the main historical facts, one should mention the battles of Singapore, Midway unforgettable tale , Leyte Gulf, the Tehran Conference, the sieges of Imphal and Leningrad.Some hints of the Manhattan project has also been provided by the author.I have never heard about The Paradise Ghetto before I have read this book as well as the Great Beautification.It seems the a Just arrived from Jamaica through BM.A magnificent work of fiction written by Herman Wouk with plenty of historical facts.Among the main historical facts, one should mention the battles of Singapore, Midway unforgettable tale , Leyte Gulf, the Tehran Conference, the sieges of Imphal and Leningrad.Some hints of the Manhattan project has also been provided by the author.I have never heard about The Paradise Ghetto before I have read this book as well as the Great Beautification.It seems the author performed a great research work on the scenes in Oswiecim or Auschwitz.A TV series War and Remembrance 1988 was made based on this book.5 Winds of War5 War and RemembranceTBR The Caine MutinyTBR The HopeTBR The Glory After I read the book that preceded this one, I immediately started this one I liked this one as much as the first one That kind of surprises me Both of these books get into detailed war scenes which isn t particularly my thing, but I loved the history of this The author covered the historical facts and details He wove that into the story of the Henry family The family drama was also as captivating as it was with the first one It felt like real life problems because it wasn t all perfect After I read the book that preceded this one, I immediately started this one I liked this one as much as the first one That kind of surprises me Both of these books get into detailed war scenes which isn t particularly my thing, but I loved the history of this The author covered the historical facts and details He wove that into the story of the Henry family The family drama was also as captivating as it was with the first one It felt like real life problems because it wasn t all perfect But I do have one complaint The women were all incredibly similar.domineering, bossy, and liberal While I don t have a problem with any of those things, it was a little monotonous at times However, still 4 stars 1382 PAGES COMPLETELet me first say, was about this being a challenge for me as well as about reading this particular book From the afterward in the author s notes Herman Wouk sum it all upThe purpose of the author in both War and Remembrance and The Winds of War was to bring the past to vivid life through the experiences, perceptions, and passions of a few people caught in the war s maelstrom This purpose was best served by scrupulous accuracy of locale and historical fact, as the bac 1382 PAGES COMPLETELet me first say, was about this being a challenge for me as well as about reading this particular book From the afterward in the author s notes Herman Wouk sum it all upThe purpose of the author in both War and Remembrance and The Winds of War was to bring the past to vivid life through the experiences, perceptions, and passions of a few people caught in the war s maelstrom This purpose was best served by scrupulous accuracy of locale and historical fact, as the backdrop against which the invented drama would play That is exactly what this author delivered I started this journey with Herman Wouk asking the question What was WWII about He gave the settings and the mechanics so to speak in Winds of War but War and Remembrance was a masterpiece There was a depth that completely surpassed the first book It wasthorough, gripping and at times raw I asked a question and this author told so much And though it was very lengthy and I at times felt weary with the undertaking of the comprehension of such a piece, I asked, I was curious, I wanted to comprehend and I asked for it Although my curiosity isthan satiated and I comprehended the story and the information given I must say I will never and refuse to accept explanation for some things This is a good book and I m glad I took the time to take it on 6 stars It s an undertaking but I do recommend it to all who want to take it on and for those who really want to try to understand a lotabout WWII the Pacific, the European front and the Holocaust It s not the only account or view but it is a pretty broad one Personal note Years ago working in admissions in the Cancer center of a local hospital I registered a man who had a number tattooed on his thick gray hairy arms I remember behaving with the utmost professionalism but not being able to to stop myself from stealing glances at it I knew generally what it meant For his being admitted for a Cancer treatment he smiled, laughed and joked with me a lot At the end of the registration as I placed an admissions bracelet on this exact wrist he said, Deb I survived this tattoo, I ll beat this Cancer don t you worry I don t remember my response now I don t remember seeing him again while I worked there But as I read this book, I wonderedabout the nice man with the numbers on his arm I hoped he survived twice Just something I remembered shared here. Occasionally I get a craving for something a little different, especially in audiobook format since I share them with my husband And his tolerance for romance is loooooow So I stepped outside of my usual comfort zone to give the Winds of War the preceding book to War and Remembrance a try, since it s considered to be THE quintessential WWII historical fiction novel I schlepped through W of W on my daily commutes, alternately bored to death or white knuckling my steering wheel, and when I go Occasionally I get a craving for something a little different, especially in audiobook format since I share them with my husband And his tolerance for romance is loooooow So I stepped outside of my usual comfort zone to give the Winds of War the preceding book to War and Remembrance a try, since it s considered to be THE quintessential WWII historical fiction novel I schlepped through W of W on my daily commutes, alternately bored to death or white knuckling my steering wheel, and when I got to the end, I wasn t honestly sure whether I wanted to listen to the sequel Impulsively, I went ahead with the purchase, as much because Audible credits make it a good bargain as from any desire to continue the story.War and Remembrance didn t really improve on the experience of its predecessor I still enjoyed the sweeping nature of the narrative, the way characters were conveniently flung to the far corners of the world to give the listener an intimate view of mind bogglingly epic events I also felt like I got a good education in parts of WWII that were skimmed over or skipped entirely in history class, such as the Paradise Ghetto, the Tehran talks, and the battle of Leyte Gulf I even enjoyed the long winded digressions of the fictional German General Armin von Roon But I found the writing itself to be jarring at times, particularly the wavering between limited and omniscient third person viewpoints The inclusion of occasional flowery, essay like passages on the war direct from the author also bugged me I don t like my opinions spoon fed to me, I d rather have characters and plots speak for themselves It was also very, very clear that the author was writing in the 60s 70s, and some of Wouk sdour elegiacs weren t nearly as prescient as he likely thought they were The big downside for me, which will keep me from ultimately recommending this book and its prequel to anyone, is how difficult it is to root for any of these characters Terrible things happen to most of them, and almost all of them bring it all on themselves The women in particular tend to be vain, vapid, and stupid The men don t always cover themselves in glory either even Victor Henry, the paragon of virtue, tends to wallow in indecision at key moments I slogged through nearly 100 hours of narrative with the hope that at least some of these characters would redeem themselves by the end, but for the most part, I was disappointed Towards the end, it seemed like Wouk himself started feeling like it was a slog, too The narrative seemed to speed up, as if Wouk was eliding important character driven moments and skimming through the last year of the war in the hopes of just finishing the damned thing before being buried alive by it I guess I m glad I read it, but I kind of feel like I want 100 hours of my life back, too


About the Author: Herman Wouk

Herman Wouk was a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize winning Jewish American author with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.Herman Wouk was born in New York City into a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia After a childhood and adolescence in the Bronx and a high school diploma from Townsend Harris High School, he earned a B.A from Columbia University in 1934, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and studied under philosopher Irwin Edman Soon thereafter, he became a radio dramatist, working in David Freedman s Joke Factory and later with Fred Allen for five years and then, in 1941, for the United States government, writing radio spots to sell war bonds He lived a fairly secular lifestyle in his early 20s before deciding to return to atraditional Jewish way of life, modeled after that of his grandfather, in his mid 20s Wouk joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater, an experience he later characterized as educational I learned about machinery, I learned how men behaved under pressure, and I learned about Americans Wouk served as an officer aboard two destroyer minesweepers DMS , the USS Zane and USS Southard, becoming executive officer of the latter He started writing a novel, Aurora Dawn, during off duty hours aboard ship Wouk sent a copy of the opening chapters to Irwin Edman who quoted a few pages verbatim to a New York editor The result was a publisher s contract sent to Wouk s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa The novel was published in 1947 and became a Book of the Month Club main selection His second novel, City Boy, proved to be a commercial disappointment at the time of its initial publication in 1948 While writing his next novel, Wouk read each chapter as it was completed to his wife, who remarked at one point that if they didn t like this one, he d better take up another line of work a line he would give to the character of the editor Jeannie Fry in his 1962 novel Youngblood Hawke The novel, The Caine Mutiny 1951 , went on to win the Pulitzer Prize A huge best seller, drawing from his wartime experiences aboard minesweepers during World War II, The Caine Mutiny was adapted by the author into a Broadway play called The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, and was later made into a film, with Humphrey Bogart portraying Lt Commander Philip Francis Queeg, captain of the fictional USS Caine Some Navy personnel complained at the time that Wouk had taken every twitch of every commanding officer in the Navy and put them all into one character, but Captain Queeg has endured as one of the great characters in American fiction He married Betty Sarah Brown in 1945, with whom he had three sons Abraham, Nathanial, and Joseph He became a fulltime writer in 1946 to support his growing family His first born son, Abraham Isaac Wouk, died in a tragic accident as a child Wouk later dedicated War and Remembrance 1978 to him with the Biblical words, He will destroy death forever In 1998, Wouk received the Guardian of Zion Award.


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