Title: War and Remembrance
Author: Herman Wouk
Genre: Historical Fiction, Classical Literature
Herman Wouk’s sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk’s spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events – and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II – as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war’s maelstrom.
What a superbly woven tale. Authors need to review the great works of Wouk when they are trying to tie together a vast number of story lines and a vast number of characters. I first came to know this story in the incredible mini series that ran in 1988. I then got this book and the story just captivates as it tells the story of the Henry and Jastrow families. The ‘history of World War 2’ intro sections can drag a touch but is done in a way to fill in to the non-historical reader the basic facts of the War during each period. I love the book and highly recommend it as a super read and as a tool for authors who wish to weave complicated stories. This is how you do it.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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Herman Wouk earned his living as a scriptwriter for Fred Allen before serving in World War II. His career as a novelist spans nearly six decades and has brought him resounding international acclaim. He lives in Palm Springs, California.
Reviewed by: Mr. N