Instead of our usual Monday guest post, here is a Veteran's Day Reading List: Perusing the titles, one might be tempted to rename this blog: Boys In a Tight Place, for the narratives are mostly about young men.
This is not an exhaustive list, by any means--just a sampling of books I've read (like all of the Vietnam War novels), or books that have been on my list to read for awhile. (All of these--plus scads more--were on my lists for the PhD exams.)
World War I
A Farewell to Arms
The Good Soldier
Mrs. Dalloway (examines, in part, the psychological damage of a shell-shocked vet)
Parade's End (loved this one)
Regeneration (haven't read)
World War II
The Moon is Down
The Naked and the Dead
(These are all brilliant)
Going After Cacciato
The Things They Carried
Yellow Birds--Penned by a vet, I just ordered this for the library.
I kept these wars all 20th/21st C, despite the buzz surrounding the new film about Lincoln.
My daughter wants me to add this music video of Civil War re-enactors:
And I'm adding this video of Vietnam vets and Jane Fonda in Coming Home: