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Gone to Soldiers
     

Gone to Soldiers

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by Marge Piercy
 

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The New York Times bestselling novel of humans in conflict with inhuman events, Gone to Soldiers is “a landmark piece of literary prose…the most thorough and most captivating, most engrossing novel ever written about World War II” (Los Angeles Times).

In this “sweeping epic” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) of

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The New York Times bestselling novel of humans in conflict with inhuman events, Gone to Soldiers is “a landmark piece of literary prose…the most thorough and most captivating, most engrossing novel ever written about World War II” (Los Angeles Times).

In this “sweeping epic” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) of World War II, Marge Piercy moves from the United States to Europe, from the North African campaign to New Zealand, from Japan to Palestine, brilliantly recreating the atmosphere of the wartime capitals: the sexual abandon, the luxury and deprivation, the terror and excitement.

Gone to Soldiers interweaves the stories of ten remarkable characters: The New York divorcee and writer of romances-turned-war correspondent... her ex-husband, involved in intelligence for the OSS... Daniel Balaban, whose mission is to crack the Japanese codes... Bernice Coates, who escapes life to fly fighters as a Woman’s Airforce Service Pilot... a painter who parachutes into Nazi-occupied France to fight with the Resistance... Zachary Barrington Taylor, for whom war is the most exciting game... Jacqueline Levy-Monot, who leads Jewish children over the Pyrenees to safety... her sister, Naomi, a troubled adolescent... their cousin, Ruthie Siegal, a touching young woman who tries to keep alive her love for her boyfriend, while working on an assembly line in Detroit... These characters wage memorable and passionate public and private battles, as war casts them into their ultimate dreams and nightmares, daring them to act out their brightest and darkest fantasies.

Written with unmatched authority about the cataclysmic events and passions of war, Gone to Soldiers “is a literary triumph for Marge Piercy and a landmark volume in the literature of war” (USA TODAY).

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�This book deserves to have an entire book written about it. . . . A landmark piece of literary prose . . . The most thorough and most captivating, most engrossing novel ever written about World War II.� ---Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501118760
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
10/13/2015
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
768
Sales rank:
250,168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Marge Piercy has written seventeen novels, including the national bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women; nineteen volumes of poetry, including The Hunger Moon, The Crooked Inheritance, and Made in Detroit; and a critically acclaimed memoir, Sleeping with Cats.

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated over three hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and four AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents.

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Gone to Soldiers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Marge Piercy, and Open Road Integrated Media in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for sharing your work with me. This is an incredible novel. Marge Piercy guides us through the lives of several key people, from just prior to the German infiltration of France, and into the problems and joys following VE Day, and then VJ day. I found the fact that Gone to Soldiers was 1,100 plus pages daunting, and feared I would have problems keeping the protagonists sorted in my mind - but not a word is wasted, and these characters are so strongly presented that you know them as fellow family members before their second time at bat. I would recommend Gone to Soldiers to anyone interested in the Second World War. The details of day to day life in Europe, the US and the Pacific Theatre bring us into that experience. We have viewpoints from the eyes and minds of French Jews, Resistance Fighters, the daily lives of several families in Detroit, Michigan, Life in the 'camps', the work of OSS agents and cryptologists in the US, London, and France, and soldiers in both Europe and the Pacific. This is a book I will want to read again.
JanS-H More than 1 year ago
Piercy's name says it all. She excavates every aspect of WW11, with poignant examples of lives, attitudes, emotions, senses, atmospheres, behavior and deeds, as the story pierces one's heart and exposes the history of the time, at every turn. She is probably the greatest writer of our time. I have read many books of hers. Her philosophy of life comes through every page. I recommend only open-minded readers. Her novels are each a phenomenon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful novel!
beffis More than 1 year ago
I read this book about ten years ago on recommendation from my sister. It looked so old fashioned that I didn't expect much but I was pleasantly surprised. It turns out to be one of the best books I've ever read! The story takes place during WWII. The author weaves together a group of characters who represent the many faces of the war. An American soldier, a young woman in France, an American girl, etc. Some turn out to be heroes, some don't. It stays interesting throughout and is not the least bit old fashioned.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Gone to Soldiers captivates the reader from the opening chapter! It's a gripping and brutally honest account of war while also encompassing a wonderful tapestry of real and heartfelt characters! I loved this book and highly recommend it to all avid readers. It may be long, but it's worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second time I've bought this book because it is a wonderfully intricate story that you can read again and again. Recommended for those interested in the human side of WWII.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book does a wonderful job of portraying the lives of many kinds of people during WW2. It is very well written and reveals aspects of the war many people do not realize existed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read every Marge Piercy book and there is something about the way she writes that draws you in like you're there in the story with these people that you know: they are your neighbors, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends. That feeling never fails, no matter what book of hers your reading. The same applies to this book. It is an unusual perspective of WWII that I've never read before. I understood a World, A war, and a cause (feminism) like I never did before after reading this book. While this review may seem vague to you, the bottom line is just read the book. Whoever you are, you're at least going to enjoy it, if not absolutely love it!