Battles, blood, and books

War, with a short sub-section on the Spanish Civil War.

1) War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy: obviously.

2) Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman: a twentieth century version of War and Peace.

3) The Balkan Trilogy, Olivia Manning

4) A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

5) Catch-22, Joseph Heller. (I haven’t read this, despite having bought the book, as the copy I had fell apart as soon as I got it home and when I went back to the shop they didn’t have any other copies so I had a refund instead of a swap. This has irrationally turned me against the book. Turning against the shop would make more sense but would also have had a far greater impact on my life.)

6) The Good Soldier Svejk, Jaroslav Hasek

7) All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

8) Moontiger, Penelope Lively

9) Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks

10) The Regeneration Trilogy, Pat Barker – suggested by the quibbler

11) Parade’s End, Ford Madox Ford

 spanish civil war

The Spanish Civil War Sub-Section:

For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell

The Forging of a Rebel, Arturo Barea

A Moment of War, Laurie Lee


3 Comments Add yours

  1. The quibbler says:

    How about,
    Seigfried Sassoon, not memoirs of a fox hunting man but the other WW1 one
    Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy


    1. trewisms says:

      I didn’t put the Sassoon because I’ve already got quite a heavy showing for the Great War – but, having said that, I think I’m going to make an exception and add the Pat Barker as well. Especially as it’s a trilogy – so it’s going on two lists!

      Now I’m thinking maybe I should have a separate list for each war. But then War and Peace would basically be on a list of its own, unless anyone can think of six or seven other good books about the Napoleonic wars. So this’ll do for now.


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