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  • Writer's pictureIlena Alvarez

Reading in Times of Worldly Conflict

Updated: Jul 11, 2023



In times of war and conflict, it can be difficult to find solace and escape from the harsh realities of the world around us. However, books can be a powerful tool to offer comfort, insight, and a different perspective on the world. Here are some of the best books to read and recommend during times of worldly wars and conflict:

  1. "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank: This classic memoir provides a firsthand account of life in hiding during World War II. Anne Frank's diary is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a powerful reminder of the atrocities of war.

  2. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini: Set against the backdrop of the Soviet-Afghan War, this novel follows the story of two boys from different social classes in Kabul. It explores themes of friendship, betrayal, and redemption in a deeply moving and thought-provoking way.

  3. "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah: This memoir tells the story of a young boy who is forced to become a soldier in Sierra Leone's civil war. It is a harrowing but important read that sheds light on the realities of child soldiers and the devastating impact of war on innocent lives.

  4. "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien: This collection of interconnected short stories tells the story of a group of soldiers in the Vietnam War. It is a haunting and deeply emotional portrayal of the human cost of war and the toll it takes on those who fight it.

  5. "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque: This classic novel tells the story of a group of young soldiers fighting in World War I. It is a poignant and powerful depiction of the horrors of war and the toll it takes on those who fight it.

In times of war and conflict, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. But reading books that offer insight, perspective, and comfort can be a powerful way to cope and stay connected to our shared humanity. These books are just a few examples of the many powerful stories that can offer solace and hope during difficult times.

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