Skip to Content

Once Upon A Bookshelf

Where Fiction and Reality Meet

Listed: Canadian War Novels

Thursday, November 11th, is Remembrance Day – a day when we all recognize the great sacrifice those made for us during times of war. In honour of that day, this week I have selected ten novels by Canadian authors that take place during WWI or WWII. Some of these books take place at the front, whereas others take place on home soil from the point of view of those working (or growing up) during one of the wars.

  1. Megiddo’s Shadow by Arthur Slade. Originally Published 2006. LT
  2. Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery. Originally Published 1921. LT
  3. The Last River Child by Lori Ann Bloomfield. Originally Published 2010. LT
  4. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan. Originally Published 2009. LT
  5. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. Originally Published 1970. LT
  6. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. Originally Published 1992. LT
  7. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels. Originally Published 1996. LT
  8. Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. Originally Published 2005. LT
  9. Obasan by Joy Kogawa. Originally Published 1981. LT
  10. Lignes de faille (translated to Fault Lines) by Nancy Huston. Originally Published in French in 2006, in English in 2008. LT

Do you like this feature? You should also check out Librarian’s Book Reviews’ Listless Monday, A Bookshelf Monstrosity’s Books By A Theme and Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog’s Birdwatching.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:04 pm November 8, 2010.
Category: Listed

  • Melissa

    Now, I must admit that I’ve only read one of these novels – Fifth Business by Robertson Davies (there was a time in my life that I devoured his novels). However, there are some other great books that you should definitely add to this listor keep in mind to read in the near-ish future.

    The Wars by Timothy Findley is great, and I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but you should check out The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibrud, which just won the Giller Prize last week.