Having just read Sian Busby’s crime novel, A Commonplace thrilling, set just after World War II made me think about my top 5 novels either set in war-time or about living with the legacy of war.
Another favourite of mine from World War I is the weepy from Jojo Moyes, The Girl You Left Behind
My final offering is a poem from the poet Wilfred Owen
Anthem for Doomed Youth
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.
What are your favourite war stories or poems?
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- Anthem for Doomed Youth (morethoughtslesswords.wordpress.com)
- Soldier poets of the Great War (VII): The enduring power of Wilfred Owen’s words (ricks.foreignpolicy.com)