All Time Faves: Novels About WWI

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Regeneration Regeneration
By Barker, Pat
1993-07 - Plume Books
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Set in a British military hospital during WWI, this novel blends fact and fiction, drawing its two protagonists from the pages of history. The author of Union Street (made into the film Stanley and Iris) portrays over whelmed men who try to come to terms with their outrage of a futile war. …More

A Sailor of Austria: In Which, Without Really Intending To, Otto Prohaska Becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire A Sailor of Austria
By Biggins, John
2005-09 - McBooks Press
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A Sailor of Austria is a great historical novel of WWI, accurately recalling the final days of a little-known European empire. Biggins' Prohaska novels are notable for their humor and subtle irony, for a firm sense of the ridiculous was a most valuable commodity for a sensitive naval officer in service to a largely land-locked empire. …More

One of Ours One of Ours
By Cather, Willa
1991-11 - Vintage Books USA
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Willa Cather's Pulitzer Prize-winning narrative of the making of a young American soldier Claude Wheeler, the sensitive, aspiring protagonist of this beautifully modulated novel, resembles the youngest son of a peculiarly American fairy tale. His fortune is ready-made for him, but he refuses to settle for it. …More

Birds Without Wings Birds Without Wings
By de Bernieres, Louis
2005-06 - Vintage Books USA
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Filled with humor and pathos, the long-awaited new novel by the bestselling author of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" tells a story about the political and personal costs of war, and of love, in one small community in southwest Turkey in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire. …More

Three Soldiers Three Soldiers
By Dos Passos, John
2007-11 - Coyote Canyon Press
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Three Soldiers is a 1921 novel by the American writer and critic John Dos Passos. It is one of the key American war novels of the First World War, and remains a classic of the realist war novel genre. …More

Birdsong Birdsong
By Faulks, Sebastian
1997-06 - Vintage Books USA
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Published to international critical and popular acclaim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present. …More

The African Queen The African Queen
By Forester, C. S.
1984-06 - Back Bay Books
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First published in 1935, C.S. Forester's classic romantic adventure is a tale of opposites attracted. Allnut and Rose, a disreputable Cockney and an English spinster missionary, wend their way down a river in Central Africa in a rickety, asthmatic steam launch, and are gradually joined together in a mission of retaliation against the Germans…More

In Pale Battalions In Pale Battalions
By Goddard, Robert
2007-05 - Delta
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After her husband's sudden death, Leonora Galloway sets off for Paris with her daughter Penelope. At last the time has come when secrets can be shared and explanations begin. But nothing could have prepared her, or the reader, for the extraordinary story that is about to unfold. …More

A Soldier of the Great War A Soldier of the Great War
By Helprin, Mark
2005-06 - Harvest Books
9780156031134 Check our catalog

For Asessandro Giullani, the young son of a prosperous Roman Lawyer, golden trees shimmer in the sun beneath a sky of perfect blue. At night the moon is amber and the city of Rome seethes with light. He races horses across the country to the sea, and in the Alps he practices the precise and sublime art of mountain climbing. …More

A Farewell to Arms A Farewell to Arms
By Hemingway, Ernest
1995-06 - Scribner Book Company
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By turns romantic and harshly realistic, Hemingway's story of a tragic romance set against the brutality and confusion of World War I cemented his fame as a stylist and as a writer of extraordinary literary power. A volunteer ambulance driver and a beautiful English nurse fall in love when he is wounded on the Italian front. …More

Random Harvest Random Harvest
By Hilton, James
2011-02 -
9781604444032 Check our catalog

Random Harvest is a novel written by James Hilton, first published in 1941. The novel was immensely popular, placing second on The New York Times list of bestselling novels for the year.The novel was successfully adapted into a film of the same name in 1942 and nominated for the Academy Award. …More

A Very Long Engagement A Very Long Engagement
By Japrisot, Sebastien
1994-09 - Plume Books
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A runaway bestseller in France, this stunning novel about love and war has been compared to War and Peace by the Los Angeles Times. Cinematic in sweep and emotional impact, the novel is both an absorbing mystery and a playful study of the different ways one story can be told. …More

No Graves as Yet No Graves as Yet
By Perry, Anne
2005-07 - Ballantine Books
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On a sunny afternoon in late June, Cambridge professor Joseph Reavley is summoned from a student cricket match to learn that his parents have died in an automobile crash. Joseph's brother, Matthew, as officer in the Intelligence Service, reveals that their father had been en route to London to turn over to him a mysterious secret document--allegedly with the power to disgrace England forever and destroy the civilized world.…More

All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front
By Remarque, Erich Maria
1996-09 - Ballantine Books
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Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. …More

Johnny Got His Gun Johnny Got His Gun
By Trumbo, Dalton
2007-07 - Citadel Press
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"Johnny Got His Gun" holds a place as one of the classic antiwar novels. First published in 1939, Dalton Trumbo's story of a young American soldier terribly maimed in World War I-- he "survives" armless, legless, and faceless, but with mind intact-- was an immediate bestseller.…More