I learned so much. It made me even more intrigued and caused me to do online historical research. What more can be asked for when it comes to Historical Fiction? To be entertained and learn at the same time is everything I love about this genre. I have the second book and look forward to starting it soon. This book stops at as the Henry's and the United States get into the war. I look forward to the second book to learn more about my country's involvement and the Henry's in the war. I give this 6 stars. Pretty close to perfect for me.
I will read more books by this author. He is definitely to be heralded for such a saga, such a large successful work. I do recommend this to real Historical Fiction lovers and those who are willing to give some time to its pages.. I'm going to be jumping back in soon. I wanted to see if the sweeping page realistic novel held up for me, and am happy to say it did. All along, what Pug really wants his own battleship to command, the typical career apex for a mariner like him.
Pug is dismayed when his own daughter drops out of a prestige college to pursue a career in New York, and even more dismayed when his younger son shows no initial affinity for military service, preferring to wander Europe in search of art and culture. But while he expresses his misgivings, he is not the type to forbid his children any reasonable endeavor. It was written to be a very readable bestseller and succeeded admirably. But author Herman Wouk had long been saddled with misgivings by critics as a mere purveyor of middlebrow entertainment.
Absolutely, though if the idea of a nearly page sprawler is uncongenial, in the ABC network put together a faithful mini-series based on the book, starring Robert Mitchum as Pug. The DVD boxed set is readily available at a good price. Courtesy New York Times. I liked this one. More than I thought I would.
It is historical fiction WWII. It was so close to 5 stars I still may change it from 4 to 5. I first read this author's The Caine Mutiny not long ago and I really enjoyed the ease of his writing. So I picked this one up and thought the same thing. I loved the writing and that this book was about war AND people.
The war strategies, the thoughts, the fear, and the willingness to step up and step in, were well done here. The family drama was WOW. The family drama was also captivating. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. So I just bought the second book a few minutes ago and will start that one today. Jun 24, Ian rated it really liked it Shelves: wwii , family-memoir , holocaust , fiction. This is an incredibly enjoyable fictional read for those interested in WWII history and how it affected families in Europe and in the U.
Perhaps the most unfavourable aspect of Wouk's tale, however, is how he places at least one member of the protagonist Henry family in the very center of practically every major milestone event of the war: the attack on Poland, the historic meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill at Placentia Bay, Pearl Harbor, and so on. In every case a family member is right This is an incredibly enjoyable fictional read for those interested in WWII history and how it affected families in Europe and in the U.
In every case a family member is right there to give us the narrative first hand. Granted, that is one great way to narrate history and make it come alive, which the author does well, but I find it a wee bit contrived. On the whole, though, it is a fascinating and well-researched book, bringing the disparate events of the most sweeping, wide-flung conflict of the 20th Century together for readers in a very readable yet detailed way. Interestingly, Henry Wouk passed away when I was half-way through his novel. He was 94 years of age!
Jul 30, Marquise rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , so-verbose-and-meandering , authorial-style-i-do-not-like , world-war-ii , needs-an-editorial-red-pen , beware-the-scent-of-preachiness , historical-settings , series-and-trilogies-i-completed , unbelievability-is-a-plot-killer , storyline-lags-halfway-through. Although my review is only for the first book in the duology, these three things I have to say about this installment also can apply to the second book. Let's see One, Herman Wouk has a very noticeable tendency to write preachily and moralisingly.
Those fictional "excerpts" from the also fictional German general's memoirs placed at the start of each part and before certain chapters are obviously just an excuse to indulge in lecturing on history and Germany and America's role in WWII. I am not Although my review is only for the first book in the duology, these three things I have to say about this installment also can apply to the second book. I am not sure how many real German memoirs this author read before writing, but what he makes the general say is often a blatant strawman argument that seems to be there just so Wouk will have a chance to "counter-argue" and "debunk" supposed apologia and justifications by the vanquished side.
The man is a poster child for the Forrest Gump Syndrome. He's friends with every top dog and big name in America, and somehow manages to be at the right place and at the right time for every single blasted major turning point! If not him, then one of his two sons or the Jastrows. That's unbelievable and robs the saga of credibility; the author should've limited himself to placing the main leads on a single major theatre with just occasional incursions into the others instead of making him stumble into everyone everywhere from Europe to America to Asia.
Come on, writer folks! You can't possibly be lacking in inspiration with battles like these! On the positive side, this wasn't bad as a whole, it has interesting moments, especially in the first half and towards the end the middle is rather forgettable.
It just suffers from overstretched plot and an overambitious narrative arc that's not handled well. This book really lagged in the middle and temporarily took all of my high hopes with it. It did actually pick up towards the end and the end does leave you wanting to jump into the sequel. The problem was that Wouk was prone to lectures Lengthy monologues about history.
I do love reading about history but I prefer to do that in non-fiction rather than being lectured in fiction.
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The reason that it picked up at the end was because the monologues ceased and the action picked up. The characters a This book really lagged in the middle and temporarily took all of my high hopes with it.
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The characters are good and overall I do like the story. I just didn't love it. As for the audio - I listened to this guy on The Caine Mutiny and didn't have any issues.
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This time I struggled, though, over a few things. Maybe because this is a much longer audio? The weird thing was that he needs to take a breath in odd places and it actually changes the meaning of the sentence or your understanding of who is talking. It's very strange.
He's also excellent with accents but not with voices, which created some additional confusion over who was talking at times. I would have liked it more if it hadn't turned so blatantly into a soap-opera. You'll probably find it interesting but you'll also probably be exasperated by some of the characters. This I suppose speaks to how well they're written This was a big series in it's time and the attempt to wind a romance into WWII including the Jewish population and the concentration camp death camp experience didn't work that well for me.
View all 5 comments. Jul 11, Campbell rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , audiobook , wwii , historical-fiction. This was as good a work of historical fiction as I've read. Being a little knowledgeable regarding the Second World War I can vouch for the accuracy of the history and while the plot itself had quite the flavour of a soap opera, that seemed to fit quite well, lending as it did an air of the everyday painted on the massive canvas of war.
Recommended to Laura by: Wanda. Shelves: bookmooch , mtbr-challenge , read , american-fiction , family-saga , hf-world-war-ii. Just arrived from Australia through BM. In my opinion, the main point of this book is the accurate description of the development of World War II, starting with the Nazi's occupation in Poland.
Russian's fight was the following historical event and this volume ends with the Pearl Just arrived from Australia through BM. Russian's fight was the following historical event and this volume ends with the Pearl Harbor attack. Foreword: Peace, if it ever exists, will not be based on the fear of war, but on the love of peace.
It will not be the abstaining from an act, but the coming of a state of mind. In this sense the most insignificant writer can serve peace, where the most powerful tribunals can do nothing. The Winds of War is a miniseries which was made based on this book. The sequel of this book is War and Remembrance which I will start to read pretty soon since I cannot wait to know what happens next. Sep 11, JoAnne Pulcino rated it it was amazing Shelves: adult-fiction , saga , historical-fiction.
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Highly Recommended Jun 22, Scott rated it it was amazing. Yes, the protagonist's life is far too well-connected, and it takes quite a suspension of disbelief to accept Pug Henry's vast experience as being anything close to realisitic. However, once you do jump over that hurdle, what you find is a completely engrossing, well-written historical drama.
What I think I admired most about this epic story is Herman Wouk's ability to create so many different characters, while giving each their own distinct voices and personas--the actual historical figures as Yes, the protagonist's life is far too well-connected, and it takes quite a suspension of disbelief to accept Pug Henry's vast experience as being anything close to realisitic. What I think I admired most about this epic story is Herman Wouk's ability to create so many different characters, while giving each their own distinct voices and personas--the actual historical figures as well as Wouk's own creations.
It is a rare thing to read a book about so many people, and not have many of them "sound" the same. This was a joy to read. On to Part Dear readers worldwide, together with Mr.
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