Reading List: First World War

There is a new feature at The Blue Bookcase: Reading Lists. Here’s what they have posted:

Welcome to this week’s installment of our newest feature here at The Blue Bookcase: Reading Lists. Every week one of us (or a guest blogger) will post on one of his or her favorite topics and provide a list of books he or she is familiar with on that topic. At the end of each post we will invite you to throw out any suggestions of books, fiction or non-fiction, that you have read or know about on that topic and we will add them to the list on that post.

The week’s topic being First World War and most of the books that I have read and loved: All Quiet on the Western Front, Goodbye to all That, A Farewell to Arms already being listed, I am posting about a book that is not so well known.

Mulk Raj Anand’s Across the Black Waters.

Discussion of the First World War is usually Euro-centric, neglecting the contribution and sacrifices made by the soldiers from the African and Asian colonies of the European powers. Anand’s novel, first published in 1940, and part of a trilogy (though it can be read as a stand-alone) talks about one such regiment from Punjab, India. Fighting in the fields of Flanders, far away from home, and being used as cannon-fodder, the soldiers try to make sense of what’s happening around them. It’s a brutally poignant book with all the tension of fighting in the trenches in a foreign land for a cause that is futile.

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