What to expect when you read a historical novel set in wartime? A display of brutality, a spectacle of bravery or cowardice or both, an atmosphere terrorized by bombs and soldiers, and, inevitably, tragic deaths, traumatized survivors. It would be stupid to expect a happy ending from a historical novel set in wartime.
But All the Light We Cannot See is unlike any war-themed historical novels I have read. Some books focus on the relationships (which usually make the tragedy even more depressing), some others on the desperate efforts the characters were making an attempt to get out of a situation, and some books reveal the reality of man when faced with fire; the worst and the best. This book combines all that, and more. Continue reading All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Disebut-sebut sebagai proyek paling ambisius dari penulis Prancis kelahiran Ukraina Irène Némirovsky, Suite Française berusaha menggambarkan penderitaan masyarakat Prancis—semendetail mungkin –pada sebuah kurun waktu dari Perang Dunia II. Lebih lanjut, Suite Française membawa sederetan karakter yang mewakili masyarakat Prancis dari berbagai kelas sosial. Badai di Bulan Juni Bagian pertama novel ini diberi judul “Badai di Bulan Juni”, mengambil waktu mulai dari bulan Juni 1940 … Continue reading Suite Française – Irène Némirovsky
“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” ***A SMALL TRUTH*** I am haunted by this book. Sit still, children. Death has a story to tell. It is about the book thief, who was but a fourteen year-old skinny German girl living in Nazi Germany, whose name was Liesel Meminger. The book thief first … Continue reading The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Surabaya, Indonesia, June 18th, 2012 Dear friend, I’ve just read a wonderful book called “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” a few weeks ago, and I thought that I’d write a personal letter to you recommending it. What first comes to your mind when you hear “World War II”? War must mean blood, chaos, ruthlessness, hope running out; don’t you think? Well, this … Continue reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows