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Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy
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Mar 13, 10

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction-classics
Recommended to Mary JL by: None--found while browsing
Recommended for: Historical fiction fans/ Historians also
Read in June, 2010 , read count: 1

A rarity, my friends--five stars. I seldom give that but a few books deserve it and this is one.
Marge Piercy has taken ten major characters--six women and four men--and written a superb novel of the homefornt during World War II. She gives a very excellent portrayal of the hardships faced at home. Waiting to get a letter from the loved one overseas. The stringent rationing of gas, sugar and many other items. The rumors. The good times and the bad. The seperation of families. The political tensions and infighting among ourselves in the homefront.

Especially interesting to me are the changes in society. When Ruthie goes to work in a war plant, many men harass her as they feel it is "unnatural" for a woman to want to do a man's job. Another character, a woman air pilot, is grounded because it is felt they--the women pilots--are taking jobs away from men who have families to feed. And, yes, you young teens reading this, in the 1940's lots of people--men AND some women--beleived this!

When she starts the story, the switching from one character to another takes a bit of getting used to. But as the lives of the characters begin to intertwine, the book gains momentum. I do feel the characterizations are quite good, though I did enjoy some characters much more than others. Bernice, Ruthie, Jackie and Naomi are the best told characters I felt. Louise and Abra could have stayed home; the other characters fall somewhat in between. Each reader will probably find one or two favorites of his or her own.

A well written novel this is a must for any fan of historical fiction; especialy if your interested is the 1940's. Fans of regular history would find much goodinformation as well. Very Highly Recommended.
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Coquille Fleur Jacqueline/Gingembre was my favorite by far. I love this book.

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