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Genre: War Stories

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And where were you, Adam?
Böll, Heinrich, 1917-
PT2603.O394 W613 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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August 1914
Solzhenit︠s︡yn, Aleksandr Isaevich, 1918-
PG3488.O4 A7 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
General Samsonov and Colonel Vorotyntsev lead Russian soldiers into battle and subsequent defeat at the Battle of Tannenberg in 1914.
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Birds without wings
De Bernières, Louis.
PR6054.E132 B57 2004 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
During the finals days of the Ottoman Empire, the young men of the village are instructed to battle the invading forces during the Great War and destroy the peace.
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Black rain
Ibuse, Masuji, 1898-
PL830.B8 K813 1979 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Based on actual diaries and interviews with the survivors of Hiroshima, this novel is about friends, neighbours and a city that suddenly ceased to be.  Read more...
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Buffalo afternoon
Schaeffer, Susan Fromberg.
PS3569.C35 B84 2004 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Captain Blackman : a novel
Williams, John Alfred, 1925-
PS3573.I4495 C3 1988 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Catch-22 : a novel
Heller, Joseph.
PS3558.E476 C3 1999 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Presents the contemporary classic depicting the struggles of a U.S. airman attempting to survive the lunacy and depravity of a World War II base.
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Confederates
Keneally, Thomas.
PR9619.3.K46 C66 1979 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Conquerors
Malraux, André, 1901-1976.
PQ2625.A716 C612 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Constellation of vital phenomena : a novel
Marra, Anthony.
PS3613.A768726 C66 2013 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
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Critical edition of the War of the worlds : H.G. Wells's scientific romance
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946.
PR5774 .W3 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Cruel sea
Monsarrat, Nicholas, 1910-
PR6025.O36 C7 1988 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Death of Che Guevara : a novel
Cantor, Jay.
PS3553.A5475 D4 2005 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
In this extraordinary first novel--large, powerful, many-faceted--Jay Cantor bring us into the life, the death, the world of Che Guevera.
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Deerslayer, or, The first war-path
Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851.
PS1406 .A1 1987 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Natty Bumppo, a young white hunter brought up in the Delaware Indian tribe, has to defend settlers before returning to the Iroquois who have allowed him parole.
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English patient : a novel
Ondaatje, Michael, 1943-
PR9199.3.O5 E54 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
After a badly burned pilot is pulled from the wreckage of his plane in the Sahara Desert, he's placed in the care of an army nurse and identified only as "the English patient". As his memory slowly returns, a passionate and consuming love affair with a married woman is unveiled, and lives from both the past and the present become inextricably altered.
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Farewell to arms
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.
PS3515.E37 F3 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
An American's love for an English nurse during the First World War ends in tragedy.
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Fifth horseman
Villarreal, José Antonio.
PS3572.I37 F5 1984 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Fight Club : a novel
Palahniuk, Chuck.
PS3566.A4554 F54 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
In a confusing world poised on the brink of mayhem, Tyler Durden, a projectionist, waiter, and anarchic genius, comes up with an idea to create clubs in which young men can escape their humdrum existence and prove themselves in barehanded fights.
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For whom the bell tolls
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.
PS3515.E37 F6 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
An American learns the true value of life while fighting with a guerrilla band during the Spanish Civil War.
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Freedom
Safire, William, 1929-
PS3569.A283 F7 1987 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
On cover: A novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. A historical novel exploring the first two years of the Civil War.
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Gone with the wind
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949.
PS3525.I972 G686 2007 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
After the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to salvage her plantation home.
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Good soldier Svejk
Hašek, Jaroslav, 1883-1923.
PG5038.H28 O713 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Translates the iconoclastic Czech's classic satire depicting the adventures of a soldier during the First World War.
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Hope : a novel
Wouk, Herman, 1915-
PS3545.O98 H66 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Through the lives of three military families, Wouk shows the wars and conflicts that have defined Israel's existence. Chronicles their lives from the 1948 War of Independence to the Six-Day War of 1967.
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Horn of Africa
Caputo, Philip.
PS3553.A625 H6 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Vietnam veteran Carlie Gage is recruited to serve as a mercenary in Ethiopia.
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Human comedy
Saroyan, William, 1908-1981.
PS3537.A826 H7 1989 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Members of the Macauley family find their peaceful existence in rural California greatly changed in the early months of 1942.
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Jacob the liar
Becker, Jurek, 1937-
PT2662.E294 J313 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
In a Jewish ghetto during World War II, a man manages to raise flagging spirits by circulating rumors of Allied victories and that the ghetto will soon be liberated by the Red Army. At this news, many people who are thinking of suicide decide to live.
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Journey of little Gandhi
Khūrī, Ilyās.
PJ7842.H823 R5413 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"He was born in Mashta Hasan, ran away from his father, who took him to his grandfather's cave, worked in the Miftah bakery in Tripoli, moved to Beirut where he worked in Abu Ayoun's restaurant, and then worked as a shoe shiner. He got married and had two children, Husn and Suad. Husn was a barber, and Suad was sick. He loved life and loved the flavor of it. Alice told him, and the Reverend Amin befriended him, and Davis turned him into a restaurant owner, and the dog died, and Gandhi grieved over the dog more than he grieved for his own father." Such was the journey of Abd al-Karim (Husn al-Ahmadi al-Mughayiri), nicknamed Little Gandhi. As told by Alice to the one who tells the story here, it is, however, not so simple. In the hands of Elias Khoury, the tale of this humble shoe shiner living and working in Beirut during the recent Lebanese war is also the story of a city, perhaps a world, coming apart at the seams.

First published in Beirut, where it has gone through several printings, The Journey of Little Gandhi is representative of Khoury's distinctive style and narrative technique as well as his consistent exploration of Beirut as the locus of competing historical and political forces. As such, the book also reflects the author's significant, ongoing contribution to modern Arab literature.

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Killer angels : a novel
Shaara, Michael.
PS3569.H2 K55 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Portraits of Lee, Longstreet, and other Civil War leaders are interwoven with historical detail to provide a fictional recreation of the bloody battle at Gettysburg.
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Last man
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851.
PR5397 .L3 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Best remembered as the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley wrote The Last Man eight years later, on returning to England from Italy after her husband Percy's death. It is the twenty-first century, and England is a republic governed by a ruling elite, one of whom, Adrian, Earl of Windsor, has introduced a Cumbrian boy to the circle. This outsider, Lionel Verney, narrates the story, a tale of complicated, tragic love, and of the gradual extermination of the human race by plague. The Last Man also functions as an intriguing roman-a-clef, for the saintly Adrian is a monument to Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his friend Lord Raymond is a portrait of Byron. The novel offers a vision of the future that expresses a reaction against Romanticism, as Shelley demonstrates the failure of the imagination and of art to redeem her doomed characters.
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Macaria, or, Altars of sacrifice
Evans, Augusta J. (Augusta Jane), 1835-1909.
PS3332 .M33 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
First published in 1864, Marcia is the story of Irene and Electra, two Confederate women who struggle to find their place in a society where so many men have left to fight the war.
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Manassas : a novel of the war
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
PS3537.I85 M33 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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March : a novel
Doctorow, E. L., 1931-
PS3554.O3 M37 2005 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
In 1864, after Union general William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta, he marched his sixty thousand troops east through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas. The army fought off Confederate forces and lived off the land, pillaging the Southern plantations, taking cattle and crops for their own, demolishing cities, and accumulating a borne-along population of freed blacks and white refugees until all that remained was the dangerous transient life of the uprooted, the dispossessed, and the triumphant.
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Mason's retreat
Tilghman, Christopher.
PS3570.I348 M37 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
After many years in England an impoverished, upper-class American family return to an inherited estate on Chesapeake Bay. The novel describes their reaction to the new surroundings--country living versus city living, America versus Europe--and the resulting conflicts. The father returns to England, one son wants to follow, another wants to remain, and the mother is torn. By the author of In a Father's Place.
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Monkey house
Fullerton, John.
PR6056.U437 M66 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
An idealistic policeman hunts for a murderer in war-torn Sarajevo. Superintendent Rosso must overcome sniper fire, threats from a powerful war lord and his family's attempts to dissuade him. His only ally is an American "war-junkie" journalist.
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Novel without a name
Dương, Thu Hương.
PL4378.9.D759 T5413 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
The story of a North Vietnamese soldier, from his enlistment full of idealism, to his disillusionment after 10 years of war. The writer, who lives in Hanoi, is an advocate of human rights. In 1991 she spent seven months in jail for her political beliefs after being expelled from the Communist party. She wrote Paradise of the Blind.
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Old mortality
Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832.
PR5320 .O4 1999 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Oldest living Confederate widow tells all
Gurganus, Allan, 1947-
PS3557.U814 O4 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Lucy Marsden's testament of her Civil War days includes a three-way love story, an eccentric small-town family, accounts of combat, and the price she paid--the lives of her nine children and the freedom of her best friend.
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Ordinary heroes
Turow, Scott.
PS3570.U754 O73 2005 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Stewart Dubinsky plunges into the mystery of his family's secret history when he discovers his deceased father's wartime letters to his former fiancée, revealing his court-martial and imprisonment during World World II.
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Parade's end
Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939.
PR6011.O53 P35 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) began his career writing fairy tales before collaborating with Joseph Conrad on several novels. After publishing successful solo works, he established the Transatlantic Review and divided his time between France and America.
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Pathfinder, or, The inland sea
Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851.
PS1410.A2 K4 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
In the sequel to The Last of the Mohicans, Natty Bumppo tries to help a small outpost on Lake Ontario.
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People of forever are not afraid : a novel
Boianjiu, Shani, 1987-
PR9510.9.B66 P46 2012 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
a-- VogueYael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain. Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys. Avishag stands guard, watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences. Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. They gossip about boys and whisper of an ever more violent world just beyond view. They drill, constantly, for a moment that may never come. They live inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts. In a relentlessly energetic and arresting voice marked by humor and fierce intelligence, Shani Boianjiu, winner of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35, "creates an unforgettably intense world, capturing that unique time in a young woman's life when a single moment can change everything.
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Quiet American
Greene, Graham, 1904-
PR6013.R44 Q5 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
While the French Army in Indo-China is grappling with the Vietminh, back in Saigon a young and high-minded American named Pyle begins to channel economic aid to a "Third Force." Caught between French colonialists and the Vietminh, Fowler, the narrator and seasoned foreign correspondent, observes: "I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused." As young Pyle's policies blunder on into bloodshed, the older man finds it impossible to stand aside as an observer. But Fowler's motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and to himself: for Pyle has robbed him of his Vietnamese mistress.
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Red badge of courage : an episode of the American Civil War
Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900.
PS1449.C85 R3 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
After the relative intimacy of the first two volumes of In Search of Lost Time, The Guermantes Way opens up a vast, dazzling landscape of fashionable Parisian life in the late nineteenth century, as the narrator enters the brilliant, shallow world of the literary and aristocratic salons. Both a salute to and a devastating satire of a time, place, and culture, The Guermantes Way defines the great tradition of novels that follow the initiation of a young man into the ways of the world.
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Resistance : a novel
Shreve, Anita.
PS3569.H7385 R47 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
In World War II, an American flier is shot down over Belgium. He is rescued by a farmer and his wife who are in the resistance. The wife cares for the airman's wounds and while the husband is away they have a doomed affair which ends in betrayal.
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Shiloh : a novel
Foote, Shelby.
PS3511.O348 S48 1991 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Six Confederate and Union soldiers relate their experiences and feelings during and after the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862.
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Skin
Malaparte, Curzio, 1898-1957.
PQ4829.A515 P413 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Sojourn
Krivak, Andrew.
PS3561.R569 S65 2011 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Uprooted from a nineteenth century mining town in Colorado by a shocking family tragedy, young Jozef Vinich returns with his father to an impoverished shepherd's life in rural Austria-Hungary. When war comes, Jozef is sent as a sharpshooter to the southern front, where he must survive the killing trenches, a perilous trek across the frozen Italian Alps, and capture by a victorious enemy.
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Soldier of the revolution
Just, Ward S.
PS3560.U75 S65 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Sophie's choice
Styron, William, 1925-
PS3569.T9 S67 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Three friends, Stingo, a twenty-two-year-old writer; Sophie, a survivor of the Nazi camps; and Nathan, her mercurial lover, share magical, heart-warming times until doom overtakes them as Sophie's and Nathan's darkest secrets are revealed.
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Tale of old mortality
Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832.
PR5320 .O4 1993b Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
It is 1679. Archbishop Sharpe, Primate of Scotland, has just been murdered. His death is a signal for rebellion in which the Covenanting army, strong in faith and willing to die for it, challenges the King's forces under the command of Claverhouse. Between the two extremes stands young Henry Morton of Milnewood; escaping the threat of execution by Claverhouse, he commits his loyalties to the Covenanters, whose bigotry and fanaticism he nevertheless deplores.

The story reaches dramatic heights in Scott's description of the Covenanters rebuff of the Royalist forces at Loudoun Hill, the preparations for the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, and the moving trial of the young Morton and his fellow prisoners before Claverhouse and the Privy Council.

Scott's grim tale of extremism and cruelty is redeemed by the courage and the loyalty of its characters and the humorous vignettes of the maid Jenny Dennison, the faithful Cuddie Headrigg, and his stubborn yet resolute mother Mause. In this, one of his best-known novels, Scott dramatically reaffirms his conviction that religious and civil liberty are essential for a civilized society.

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Tale of two cities
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
PR4571.A2 M39 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Dr Manette has been confined for 18 years in the Bastille because he found out the Marquis de Evremonde and his brother had ill treated a girl and mortally wounded a young boy. He has just been  Read more...
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Tartar Steppe
Buzzati, Dino, 1906-1972.
PQ4807.U83 D43 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Three soldiers
Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970.
PS3507.O743 T53 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"Three Soldiers portrays the lives of a trio of army privates: Fuselli, an Italian American store clerk from San Francisco; Chrisfield, a farm boy from Indiana; and Andrews, a musically gifted Harvard graduate from New York. Hailed as a masterpiece on its original publication in 1921, Three Soldiers is a gripping exploration of fear and ambition, conformity and rebellion, desertion and violence, and the brutal and dehumanizing effects of a regimented war machine on ordinary soldiers."--BOOK JACKET.
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Train was on time
Böll, Heinrich, 1917-
PT2603.O394 Z4513 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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Useless servants
Hinojosa, Rolando.
PS3558.I545 U83 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
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War trash
Jin, Ha, 1956-
PS3560.I6 W37 2004 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Captured by enemy forces, Yu Yuan, a Chinese army officer serving in Korea in 1951, takes on the role of interpreter due to his proficiency in English, a role that places him in a conflict between his fellow prisoners and their captors.
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Waverley
Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832.
PR5322 .W4 1985 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
The first 'historical novel' in English, Waverley (1814) is set at the time of the Jacobite rising of 1745. Edward Waverley, a young English soldier in the Hanoverian army, is sent to Scotland. He visits a Jacobite laird in the Lowlands of Perthshire, and then makes his way into the Highlands, where he meets a chieftain and his clansmen. Before long Waverley is caught up in the Jacobite cause, offering his allegiance to Prince Charles Edward Stuart, and to the dauntless Flora Mac-Ivor. The hero's journey of self-discovery takes place in a country torn by civil war, as the political outlook of the eighteenth century meets the older social organization of the Highlands in violent confrontation. --Publisher.
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When the emperor was divine : a novel
Otsuka, Julie, 1962-
PS3615.T88 W48 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
Otsuka's commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any previously written--a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times.
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Year of the French
Flanagan, Thomas, 1923-2002.
PS3556.L3445 Y43 2004 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
"In 1798, Irish patriots, committed to freeing their country from England, landed with a company of French troops in County Mayo, in westernmost Ireland. They were supposed to be an advance guard, followed by other French troops with the leader of the rebellion, Wolfe Tone. Briefly they triumphed, raising hopes among the impoverished local peasantry and gathering a group of supporters. But before long the insurgency collapsed in the face of a brutal English counterattack." "The Year of the French brings to life peasants and landlords, Protestants and Catholics, along with old and abiding questions of secular and religious commitments, empire, occupation, and rebellion."--BOOK JACKET.
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Yellow birds : a novel
Powers, Kevin.
PS3616.O88348 Y46 2012 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability
In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles that come from constant danger.