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Little, Brown and Company, the publisher of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, has requested a special author's introduction to this new edition of. (ebook) The Winds of War from Dymocks online store. Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins. The winds of war: a novel. byWouk, Herman, Publication date Topics World War, PublisherNew York: Pocket Books.

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Choose your country's store to see books available for download. Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events, as well as all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II, as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

The Winds of War and its sequel War and Remembrance stand as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers.

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Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item The messiness and the ridiculousness are endemic of ambition, and despite a slow start, in which we are introduced to the archetypal rectitude of Pug Henry, this huge book is never less than engrossing. The plot, in brief: Pug is naval officer sent to England as an observer.

This will give him the opportunity to hobnob with historical figures while also fall in love with a woman named Pamela, who is daughter to a British radio star. Meanwhile, Byron is in Italy working as a research assistant to Aaron Jastrow, a famed Jewish writer. Byron is soon in love with Jastrow's niece, Natalie, and will be with them as the two flee the encroaching Holocaust a gut-wrenching journey, magnificently chronicled.

Warren, the naval flier, is stationed in Hawaii, and his role is mainly to sit there until December 7, Meanwhile, while Pug is skirting the line with Pamela, his wife drifts towards a love affair with Palmer Kirby.

Palmer is a scientist type, and if you guessed that he'll eventually work on the Manhattan Project, you're right! Wouk's work is crammed with research. This book has research coming out of its nose. At times, he's able to deftly weave his factoids into the narrative.

For instance, in this meeting with Roosevelt, we learn a couple of tidbits about the President without breaking the flow of the story: Roosevelt sighed, smoothed his thin rumpled gray hair, and rolled himself to his desk. Victor Henry now noticed that the President did not use an ordinary invalid's wheelchair, but an odd piece of gear, a sort of kitchen chair on wheels, in and out of which he could easily slide himself. Would you like a martini?

I'm supposed to mix a passable martini. Wouk uses these excerpts to set the historical stage, and if you are a neophyte to this period, I suppose it's helpful. However, if you already have some facility with the World War II era, these excerpts are mainly annoying, and a bit too meta. It is with these explanatory passages that Wouk most consciously apes the style of Tolstoy. Both authors share an abiding obsession with the way that grand historical events unfold.

Both authors are intent upon sharing that obsession, at extraordinary length. My favorite part about The Winds of War is its excellent sense of place. Wouk gives you a vivid, tactile sense of being in prewar and wartime Europe: Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia. It puts you into the DeLorean and jams the accelerator down until it hits The muddy narrow streets of Medzice — it had rained hard during the night, and the rattling on the rabbi's roof had increased Byron's sensed of snugness — were filled with an autumnal fragrance of hay and ripening fruit, made more tangy by the smells of the free-roaming ducks, chickens, goats, and calves.

Some of the fowl were encountering tragedy, happily strutting in the morning sunshine one moment, and the next swooped down upon by laughing children and carried off squawking and flapping to be slaughtered. In the fields beyond the outlying houses and barns — mostly one-room log structures with heavy yellow thatch roofs — cows and horses grazed in tall waving grass spotted with wild flowers.

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