The Young Lions

The Young Lions

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The Young Lions is a classic novel that vividly portrays the experiences of ordinary soldiers fighting in World War II. Using the points of view of a perceptive young Nazi, a jaded American film producer, and a shy Jewish boy just married to the love of his life, Shaw expertly conveys, as no other novelist has since, the scope, confusion, and complexity of war.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2000
ISBN: 0226751295 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: FIC SHAW
Characteristics: ix, 662 p. ; 22 cm


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calebcrawford Oct 20, 2015

I'd never heard of Shaw before reading this. To use the tired phrase, it is a real page turner. It is an engrossing tale of 3 central characters in 2 armies, and their lives in the lead up to WWII. But it is really a psychological study of many many characters. Shaw uses the devise of armies to put many people from many backgrounds into contact, and allows us to view their histories, philosophies, strengths, flaws. It is almost like a long string of short stories interspersed with a continuous narrative, something like Steinbeck's Cannery Row, but without the self-conscious devise. A really great read.


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