Welcome to the third month of the reading/blogging event Flavia and I are hosting, Calendar Girls! It’s a monthly event designed to ignite bookish discussions between bloggers based on the monthly theme. For more information, check out my or Flavia’s launch posts!
Best Novel with an Active War!
Okay. I originally thought this one would be pretty easy, yeah? I mean, I must read a gazillion books with wars going on in them. So, I confidently wandered over to my bookshelf to pick my favorite book with a war in it only to find out… almost none of my books have wars in them! 0.0 Well… in that case… *cough* Here is my pick for March!
Memoirs of a Geisha
by Arthur Golden
This may seem an odd choice to many of you because the war isn’t the focal point of this book. The protagonist isn’t even part of the war going on in the book. Nor is the war some epic battle between good and evil in a far-off fairy-tale kingdom. But there is a war and it’s one of our wars. WWII. A war that some people today still remember living through. (But please keep in mind that this book is a work of fiction.)
While many other books may have giant wars that encompass everyone, I picked this one for its subtlety. The main character has no part in the war. Yet, she is still directly affected by the war when it comes into her country, her home, and changes her life forever. She has no way to avoid it. She has no power to rectify the damages the war causes, and she must learn to adapt in this new world or risk being crushed by it. I picked this book because it reminds us that everyone is affected by war whether we know them, think about them, or not.
Anyone else read Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden?
If you haven’t, you should!
Calendar Girls’ picks for Best Novel with an Active War!
Flavia – The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkein
Mandy – Winter by Marissa Meyer
Deanna – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Savana – White Rose by R. Garcia Y Robertson
Lauren – Front Lines by Michael Grant