I am a huge fan of historical fiction. I love history and I love to read fiction. And the combination is deadly. If there is added romance in it, I love it even more. I am starting on this series to recommend 3 books of a particular genre. Please add your recommendations in a blog post or in the comments below. That way we can talk about our favourite books and also discover some new ones to read.
Here are my three recommendations on books on the World War II. Though I have suggested three here, there were many more which I read and loved. The three of them here approach the World War II in different ways.
Follett is a master historical fiction story teller and subsequently my favourite. This book is the second one in the Century Trilogy and is completely on the World War II. He documents and captures the sequences of events and brings them to life by following 6 families from different regions. The stories are told from their view points and how they survived, their attitudes, how they made money out of it or got completely destructed. At 1000+ pages, it is quite heavy, but it is unputdownable.
This is one of the relatively lesser known ones of Frederick Forsyth. Now that we know that he was a spy, the book acquires new meaning. It is about a department in the secret service agency whose sole purpose is to spread rumours and to plant disinformation. Therefore, rightfully, the head of the department is known as the Deceiver. It is a desk job and American movies have told us that it is the most boring job. But the activities in the book are no less boring. ‘Systematic’ is the word here. It shows how the agency systematically plants information and also corroborators to make them seem true. Its an intellectual thriller.
In this book, the World War is seen through a German point of view. It shows how the German people also suffered during the Nazi rule. Faced with death for even thinking about rebellion, it is the poingnant tale of a 9 year old girl living with foster parents in Germany during the World War. Unlike the above two books, this book is more about the people instead of the War. But it shows the inimitable human spirit to survive all odds.
Have you read these books. Tell me your recommendations for books on World War II – Fiction, non-fiction?