My latest column at The Federalist is posted: “Why Herman Wouk’s ‘War’ Novels Deserve Remembrance Today.” The great author passed away last week, but rather than do a complete overview of his work, I focused on his World War II epics: “The Winds of War” (1971) and “War and Remembrance” (1978).
In part, that was because Memorial Day and the 75th anniversary of D-Day are looming. But it was also because they are among my favorite novels — so much so that my pseudonym is borrowed from them (with fairly heavy irony).
What got left out for space? Perhaps that a sprawling tale like this, with a large cast of characters, also required Wouk to have an excellent sense of structure. To be sure, he was bound by the history of 1939-45. But there were still a world of choices to make in terms of how to shift between all the different strands of the narrative.
I also hope I did not fail to convey the degree to which, in addition to telling the story of WWII, and ultimately the Holocaust, Wouk’s “War” novels have plenty of romance and action that keep the pages turning.
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