An anthology of stories inspired by objects from the First World War. It is a collection of stories by bestselling authors, each inspired by a different object from the First World War. Each object illuminates an aspect of life during the war, and each story reminds us of the millions of individual lives that were changed forever by the fighting. ...
|Title||:||The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
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The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War Reviews
In all honesty, I thought this had a pretty stupid premise. Fictional stories inspired by war-time objects.... one of which is a... *sigh*... a godd- ... ugh. It's a fucking butter dish. For fuck's.... A fucking "war time butter dish." Sweet jesus. What.
Now that I've read it, ok, yeah, *sigh* I kind of understand the butter dish. I still think it's dumb but I understand. You... you do you, Writing Prompt Generator Person. You do you.
Most of the stories were pretty well done. One of them made me ...more
Great collection of short stories. Like any collection, some are better than others, but overall I really enjoyed listening to this book. The audio version is wonderful; I loved the variety of readers from different places. I love the concept of this book: writing stories based on objects from WWI! So creative. I also really enjoyed the idea of all these kids grappling with the concept of war, and the different forms that took in all the stories. I’d recommend it for adults and teens.
Some favor ...more
Most short story collections are hit-or-miss in terms of content, but there wasn’t a story that I didn’t like in this one. I loved the concept of using historical items for inspiration (though some of the connections are a bit tenuous). Pictures and explanations for each of the items used are included at the end of the book, and the authors included are all quite accomplished writers.
The book itself is beautiful, with black and white illustrations by Jim Kay (not always related to the stories, b ...more
I originally started listening to this book with my boys but had to stop minutes into the first story because the tone was too dark for their ages. I continued listening to it on my own and disliked it all the more the longer I lasted. There wasn't much uplifting about any of these stories and even though I got it for free, it wasn't worth keeping.
I loved all the short stories in this book. It was great!
"The Great War" is a historical book that was inspired by multiple authors from the First World War's items, like a Brodie helmet, or a French toy soldier. This book expresses realism, as it is describing the War where many have died. It is certainly a powerful and emotional book for someone in this time because of the memories these items store. For example, Timothee de Fombelle's "Captain Rosalie" shows how the Rosalie's life was shaped from her dad going to war. Rosalie's life was steady unti ...more
Such an intriguing book made up of short stories written by various authors all revolving around WWI. Each story is centered around a very specific war object and the object helps tell the story of the lives around it. After each story there is historical information about the actual historical object. My favorite story was the one about the Christmas tins. I am pretty sure I made an audible gasp while listening to this one particular story.
The graphic design is splendid, the layout is appealing, and the concept of writing stories inspired by WWI artifacts is fascinating, but like with any short story collection, the stories themselves are hit-or-miss. Some are moving and well-written, but others seem like self-indulgent tripe from an author in love with their own writing voice. The writing style is sometimes rambling and incoherent, and I best liked the stories where I could get absorbed in the tale instead of thinking, "this vagu ...more