- Mary Buck
I'm not sure if you only like books set during the U.S.
Civil War or books set against the backdrop of any war. So, I have come
up with the following suggestions based on my assumptions:
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens.
summary from the Publisher: "When the starving French masses rise in
hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and
innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in
the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause-La
Guillotine-the new invention for efficiently chopping off heads. Charles
Dickens' compelling portrait of the results of terror and treason, love
and supreme sacrifice continues to captivate readers around the world.
... Unforgettable characters-the ever-knitting Madame Defarge, the
lovely Lucie Manette, her broken father, the honorable Charles Darnay,
and the sometimes scurrilous Sydney Carton-burst from the pages, full of
life and passion."
"Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo
FROM THE PUBLISHER: "Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism and love
follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to
put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected
member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own
conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is
arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the
dogged policeman Javert. It is not simply for himself that Valjean must
stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of
Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty. A compelling and
compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French
society, Les Miserables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably
from the eve of the battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830."
"Dr. Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak
Summary from Sparknotes.com: "Doctor Zhivago tells the story of Yury
Zhivago, a man torn between his love for two women while caught in the
tumultuous course of twentieth century Russian history."
"The Scarlet Pimpernel" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Summary from the catalog: "First published in 1905, this magnificent
historical adventure is filled with colorful characters, hairbreadth
escapes, and heart-stopping intrigue. In 1792, the French Revolution
gives way to a Reign of Terror, and the condemned nobility has only one
vestige of hope--rescue by the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel. Leslie Howard
and Merle Oberon starred in the unforgettable film version of this
"Captain Blood" by Rafael Sabatini
summary from the catalog: "A man wrongly punished for treason escapes
from slavery in the West Indies to become a savvy pirate, yet he longs
for the plantation owner's niece." Okay, there's no specific war, but
this book is really exciting and romantic! The film version with Errol
Flynn and Olivia de Havilland is wonderful, too!
Mary M. Buck