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I looove historical fiction. I love exploring historical events and time periods and cultures through books, and I love how they expose the different sides of humanity. Which is to say: I like my historical fiction to be heartbreaking and tragic and usually involving a war. So fair warning, nothing on this list is a happy read, but they do have a lot to say about love and perseverance and the human heart during tragic and terrible times of history.
I first read this book when I was about 14, I think. Well, in my memory I read it when I was 17, but since my bookshelf is arranged by the date I read my books, and I retrieved this book from the group of books I read when I was a freshman in high school, I’m going to trust my shelf instead. That, and the fact that as I was reading it I realized I’d forgotten a lot about it. But before we start- SPOILER WARNING! Really, if you haven’t read the book and think you might want to, you need to stop here. My rant that comes next probably won’t make a lot of sense anyway.