Literary Techniques

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As he does in The Winds of War, Wouk presents his story from a variety of narrative perspectives, attempting to explain the rationale...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Since War and Remembrance continues the story begun in The Winds of War, readers may be interested in exploring ways Wouk...

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Social Concerns

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Unquestionably, Wouk's overriding aim in War and Remembrance is to examine the causes and consequences of World War II. A participant...

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Gerard, Philip. “The Great American War Novels.” World and I 10 (June, 1995): 54-63. Gerard notes that World War II was “the last public event that defined a generation of novelists.” In this essay, he looks at the works of many of them, including Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny. Although Gerard does not address War and Remembrance directly, his comments can be extended to Wouk’s other war novels.

Mazzeno, Laurence W. Herman Wouk. New York: Twayne, 1994. A collection of critical essays that explores various aspects of the works of Herman Wouk. Includes an index and bibliographical references for further reading.

Shapiro, Edward S. “The Jew as Patriot: Herman Wouk and American Jewish Identity.” American Jewish History 84 (December, 1996): 333-351. Shapiro explores similarities between American identity and Jewish identity in the works of Herman Wouk, which portray the Jew as the defender of American institutions and values. Shapiro also notes that Wouk viewed the history of the American West and Israel’s struggle for independence as analogous.

Shatzky, Joel, and Michael Taub, eds. Contemporary Jewish-American Novelists: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. The entry on Wouk’s life includes major works and themes, an overview of his critical reception, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Literary Precedents

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The title of this novel alludes to Wouk's primary source for his study: Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace (1869). Wouk wishes to do for his...

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Related Titles

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The two volumes of War and Remembrance are a continuation of the story Wouk begins in The Winds of War. Indeed, much of the...

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Like its predecessor The Winds of War, this novel became the subject of a major television mini-series; the first half aired during...

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