What can I say? By the end of this, I'd spent over a hundred hours with the Henrys and the Jastrows. It's quite a commitment, but I had to stop myself from going back and starting again - an impulse I've only had with Bryce Courtnay's Potato Factory epic saga. I thought I knew a lot about the second World War, but I didn't realize how much there was going on in the Pacific. This brought that epoch vividly to life and, although I wouldn't say I enjoy military history, I did here woven as it is into historical fiction. I believe this book came out in the late 70's and all in all, I think, it's held up rather well. Some of the female characters struck me as sterotypical, but others (Natalie particularly) were fully developed and I rooted for her all the way until the last page. Bravo!
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