by Thomas Keneally

Reviewer Rating:


Much of the historical fiction written about WWI is written from the male point of view.  The main characters of The Daughters of Mars are two Australian sisters, nurses serving on hospital ships and in hospitals in Europe, giving a different perspective on the war.  The sisters are very different in temperament and in their view of the world, making the story very rich and complex.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book until the end.  I did not like the way that Keneally chose to end the book.  Don't let that keep you from reading this book, though.  It was a good read.

Additional note:  Charlotte Gray, a Canadian biographer and historian, commented that this book's fairly unique perspective brought to mind Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy, which also had an unusual perspective on WWI.  While The Daughters of Mars was good, The Regeneration Trilogy was great.

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