The book is a realistic book detailing the gritty experiences of soldiers in early WWII. The focus is on non-commissioned officers and enlisted men in the army. Readers will learn how these men thought and the decisions they made. My chief criticism is that the author never provided a hopeful answer to the fatalistic world perspectives of the characters.
Yes. It provides a "peak" into the mindset of those who have little hope in a world that appears to not reward the poor and downtrodden.
It would have been helpful to not read word for word. Since Jones used a lot of "he said's", Jones could have merely used different voices to avoid the constant refrain of "he said's."
Probably. The movie would be rather graphic and depressing.
Finishing the story started in the Winds of War.
Hearing in the epilogue how committed Wouk was to actual historical fact.
Everything! He is the reason that a good story is made into a very good audio book.
Wouk's recounting of the death of Aaron Jastro at Auschwitz.
Absolutely! The book is historically accurate. The characters are believable. And the narrator is outstanding.
Pug Henry. He is a great foil for characters with more dynamic and colorful personalities.
Everything! His ability to speak multiple languages, change voices, and make you think you were listening to a radio show was truly amazing.
Talky Tudsberry. He was a comical but believable Brit.
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