Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Sea of Red

Like a few of my colleagues, I vacationed in Great Britain this summer. Mindful of the centennial (or centenary) of the outbreak of World War I, my husband and I kept an eye out for historic monuments and exhibitions. Nothing even came close to the impact of these poppies, flowing like a flood into the moat of the Tower of London. One over-sized ceramic poppy for each British service member to die in the 1914 - 1918 War.  In this case, British, refers to soldiers, sailors, and flyers from Great Britain alone, not including her colonies and possessions at the time.

More explanation about the art installation.

War is always fertile ground for writers and we are seeing some great new fiction and non-fiction on this subject or set in this time and its aftermath. You may wish to put The Embrace of Unreason; France 1914 - 1940 on hold so as to peruse it at leisure when it hits the shelves. If biography is your preferred non-fiction genre, how about Lawrence of Arabia.  Perhaps a trip to Paris at the End of the World or To Conquer Hell.

If fiction is more your cup of tea perhaps the graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks will thrill you, while awakening your awareness of the first Black regiment recruited in the United States to serve in Europe for this conflict.

But for my taste, a great mystery is just the thing and any of the Maisie Dobbs whodunits will do it.  And now their author, Jacqueline Winspear, has given us a stand alone novel of the Great War - The Care and Management of Lies.


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