This month in the April A to Z Challenge, you’ll read a common phrase in my posts. This phrase is “this novel is one of the best stories I’ve ever read”. The war and the people who experienced it have stories to tell and these stories are so overwhelming they lend themselves to greatness. I encourage you to sample some of these stories. I promise you will not regret taking the time. To help me develop an alphabetical list for this challenge, I used Goodreads.com. Do you know that there are 883 fiction 480 nonfiction books on the website’s Listopia as voted on by members? That is a lot of stories and facts just waiting for us to explore.
In Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II, George MacDonald Fraser provides an action-packed memoir of his experiences in Burma during World War II. Just 19 when he arrived there in the war’s final year, his story is a first-hand account of the camaraderie, danger, and satisfaction of service to one’s country. A substantial Epilogue, occasioned by the 50th anniversary of VJ-Day in 1995, adds poignancy to a volume that eminent military historian John Keegan described as “one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War.”