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Monday, May 25, 2009

Reading for Memorial Day

A few books that would be appropriate to read, or to begin reading, on Memorial Day:

Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels. Won the Pulitzer Prize, and continues to win readers even among those who don't much care about the Civil War or war stories. Beautifully done, and far superior to Shaara's son's imitative series of historical novels.
Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier. Not so much a "war novel" as a story about war's effect on two women and on the man they both love. Lovely and sad.
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried.

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