Remember Wake: A Novel

Remember Wake: A Novel

by Teresa R. Funke
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Remember Wake 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My book group recently read Remember Wake and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Having the author speak to us and discussing her research process added a lot, too. Characters are based on real people and that makes this a touching WWII story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a book that I would have picked up and taken home on my own but circumstances led me to purchase a copy. Funke came and spoke at my school (Colorado State University) during one of our 'Women at noon' sessions. Funk's interest was originally geared towards the history of war but during her research she also became very interested in the women of war. While she was conducting interviews of the survivors of Wake Island she began to realize how important the women back home were. They were not only keeping the country running but they were also what kept these men's hearts beating. While Remember Wake may be a fiction novel it is important to remember that her stories come from actual interviews she has conducted with the survivors of war (both men and women). I would reccomend this book to anyone who takes pride in being an American. Make sure to have a box of tissues next to you while you read... it can be hard, at times, to accept that these things really happened to US soldiers. It is a tragic story of hope, strength, courage, and love. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Teresa Funke's REMEMBER WAKE is a flawlessly wonderful novel. I'm a reader who rarely reads historical fiction and a fiction editor who rarely reads work that doesn't contain at least a few glitches in grammar, characterization, dialogue, syntax, etc. As hard as I looked, I couldn't find 'anything' to criticize. This book piqued an interest in historical fiction in me. Funke crafted a story that taught me--despite my best intentions--about a time in history I didn't know 'to know' about. I got a feel for the mid-1940's without being hit over the head with wartime vocabulary and jargon. I gained 'a little' insight into the horrible and unimaginable periods of 'not knowing when or if...' that prisoners of war and their families endured. I'm grateful for this book and I'm sure there are Wake survivors and their descendants who feel the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't expect a heavy dose of blood-and-guts war. Instead, expect a good story of people and how the battle for Wake Island affected their lives--on Wake and back on the home front. I have found few books or movies that adequately deal with both. The only writer who seems to have done this is James Jones in 'Whistle.' The only film that comes to mind is Mel Gibson't film 'We Were Soldiers.' Although 'Remember Wake' is not as gritty, it does a fantastic job of telling the story, the trials, and stresses of the people back home along with the battle on Wake. The author did a great job of researching small details about the setting and the people that made me believe the story was being told by my parents. Even the dated ways of phrasing the dialogue felt real--although there is a significant lack of four-letter words, it doesn't impact the story. In other words, this is a book that anyone in the family can enjoy and learn from. The book was so good it is listed in the bibliography of 'Pacific Alamo' by John Wukovits.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I am sure that this book was well researched and took a tremendous amount of time to write, I found it poorly written and very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting story that is poorly written. The dialogue is stilted & sounds unnatural. The foreshadowing is heavy-handed. Strange unrelated details bog down the narrative, and the use of adjectives for every noun is distracting, to say the least. NOT recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish that I could write a review as well as this book was written. I highly recommend it to everyone, young and old. I've already told many people that this is a 'must' read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My three children,who are in grades five, seven and eight, all cite history as boring and Social Studies as their least favorite subject. I required all three to read Remember Wake. I appreciated the fact that for such a serious subject, it was not too graphic,and that it was interesting enough for each of them to finish the book within a week. Since riading it, we've had a number of discussions about World WarII and what life was like in the 1940's. Remember Wake did more for teaching history to my kids in one week than their Social Studies textbooks didin a year because the novel interested them. I highly recommend it for all the school libraries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down! This is such an inspiring story! The main characters went through such a terrible battle to survive the prison ships and prison camps. It's incredible that this is based on true facts! The author really shows you what it would be like to survive a war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely movie material! It's such an interesting, fast-paced story that I couldn't put it down! I could really related to the characters, and the descriptions are so good it felt like I was watching the movie. The historical information - WWII, Wake Island, Japan prison camps and woman having to go to work because of the war - was fascinating. It's incredible what the WWII generation went through! I totally recommend it to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely movie material! It's such an interesting, fast-paced story that I couldn't put it down! I could really relate to the characters, and the descriptions are so good it felt like I was watching the movie. The historical information - WWII, Wake Island, Japan prison camps and woman having to go to work because of the war - was fascinating. It's incredible what the WWII generation went through. This is such a great book! I totally recommend it to anyone!