11 Classic Books for Remembrance Day
It’s a time for remembering – not just of those who died in wars gone by, but of those who survived and had/still have to live with the horrors of what they experienced. Reflecting on this for a talk I was asked to give on Remembrance Sunday, some novels came to mind. They inspired this posting… in no particular order:
Pat Barker The Regeneration Trilogy (1991) set in a WW1 Scotish hospital where a young man receives nerve regeneration treatment
Michael Ondaatje The English Patient set in WW2 Italy – an injured pilot is cared for in an Italian hospital.
Erich Maria Remarque All quiet on the Western Front (1921) WW1 the German front.
Donald Caskie Tartan Pimpernell (1957) – WW2 comment
Vera Brittain Testament of Youth (1933) – WW1 comment
Anne Frank The Diary of a young girl (1947) – WW2 comment
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Letters and Papers from Prison (1971) – WW2 comment
TE Lawrence (of Arabia) Seven pillars of wisdom (1926) – WW1 Middle East experience