Since writing my post about May the fourth, I’ve been thinking about the books I have read and loved that are about war. There are a few books I’d like to mention. Some of those are Dutch books, but those are definitely worth it if you can find a translation.
First up, a non-fiction book: The Diary of Anne Frank (also originally Dutch: Het Achterhuis). It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I would like to pick it up again sometime.
I can’t go on without mentioning another classic: Schindler’s Ark, or its now more common name: Schindler’s List. I wasn’t a big fan of the book. I loved the story it told, but getting to the story through all the fact-dumping was terrible. It’s a historical fiction book, based on a lot of research. So, parts of the books are non-fiction, while other parts have been written to resemble the truth with the discretion of the author.
Then, there are a couple of fictional books, based on real wars, or even true-events. I cannot not mention Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek by Thea Beckman; children on a crusade, on their way to war. Thea Beckman has a couple of books that feature wars, such as the Geef me de ruimte–trilogy or the Kinderen van moeder Aarde-trilogy. Then there is The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. Do I even need to explain that one? Furthermore, there is Oorlogswinter by Jan Terlouw, about a Dutch boy saving an English pilot whose airplane had been shot down.
Last, but not least, some books based on or around fictional wars. Let’s start with one of my favorites: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Another one I would recommend would be The End of Days trilogy by Susan Ee, where a war between humans and angels is being fought. Another trilogy: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is definitely worth checking out. Be aware though, there are three more books in the works, so if you like it you might be stuck with it for a while.
Other books only have war as a small part of the story, but are still interesting to read. For example, 1984 by George Orwell. The country is at war with an ever changing enemy, though the people are led to believe it’s always been the same. In fact, one could question if the country is at war at all.
Of course, there are many more books that could be listed here. What are your favorite books about wars?