Times of war are among the most trying for any group of people, from the soldiers fighting to the civilians living in the countries affected. The Second World War was an especially difficult period in historyFBI Books Offer Different Insights On The Bureau. Read more ... » simply because of the sheer scale of it and the number of people who died, were wounded or lost their homes. With WWII historical fiction novels, this war can come alive and give you insight into what people were going through, while at the same time allowing you some escapism.
Some of the booksContemporary Romance Authors Are In Demand. Read more ... » set during the war look specifically at the lives of those fighting at the frontlines. For example, James Jones loosely based ‘From Here to Eternity’ on his own experiences as a soldier in the Pacific just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. ‘Catch-22′ by Joseph Heller not only gave English speakers a new term but also described how soldiers had to try and preserve their sanity when all around them madness prevailed.
The fighting brought many risks for the soldiers involved and sometimes death seemed like the preferable outcome. In ‘The English Patient’, Michael Ondaatje describes how being badly wounded affected not only the victim but also those who had to nurse him back to health. Soldiers who were captured faced hardships of a different kind. ‘The Bridge over the River Kwai’ is an acclaimed novel by Pierre Boule about what it was like to be a prisoner of war.
For civilians life was often very hard too. Ian McEwan touched on this in ‘Atonement’. If you want a better idea of what it was like living in London during the Blitz, you can’t go wrong with the time-travelThe Ideal Vacations In Italy. Read more ... » science fiction books ‘Blackout’ and its sequel ‘All Clear’, by Connie Willis.
German civilians had a very hard time too, as evidenced by the many towns and cities left in ruins by the end of the war. If Germans wanted to do what was right, things were even more difficult. The fact that Death is the narrator in ‘The Book Thief’, the haunting debut of Markus Zusak, is a sign of things to come.
While German civilians had a hard time, it was even worse for Jewish people in Germany. They were rounded up and sent to concentration camps where millions were killed in the gas chambers. In ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’, John Boyne tells the story of the concentration camps through the eyes of a German boy whose father is a Nazi camp commander.
Women faced an additional threat during the war, especially as liberation became a real possibility. As the Allied and Soviet forces swept through Germany and ItalyThe Ideal Vacations In Italy. Read more ... », they committed mass rapes, sometimes of the entire female population of a town. The Italian novelist Alberto Moravia describes how a mother and daughter in Italy have to deal with the ordeal of rape and what happens afterwards in ‘Two Women’.
If you want to find WWII historical fiction novels, you only need to look online or in your local bookstore. Many of these books were adapted into movies as well and are worth watching if you want history to come alive even more. Especially Sophia Loren’s Oscar-winning performance in the film version of ‘Two Women’ is not to be missed.