Love and war book club starts



IMAGE COURTESY OF BASS HARBOR MEMORIAL LIBRARY

IMAGE COURTESY OF BASS HARBOR MEMORIAL LIBRARY

TREMONT — A book club about love and war will meet at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library in Bernard beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m.

There wasn’t much loving going on among combatants of World War II. Mostly men went away to war and left sweethearts an ocean apart. However, great novelists have used their imaginations and an incredible variety of factual events to concoct some searing love stories.

Library trustee Art Paine has long been intrigued by the history of World War II and literature about love and sentimentality. Paine will lead eight discussions about his favorite books on love and war.

The first story is a diary, a true-life adventure about an unknown hero who voyaged over 3000 miles through Japanese-held waters and fell into a love affair with a Filipino princess who saved his life.

The rest of Paine’s favorites are fiction and include “The Snow Goose” by Paul Gallico, “Tamar” by Mal Peet, “Assignment in Brittany” by Helen MacInness, “Atonement” by Ian McEwen, “The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje, “The Breaking Wave” by Nevil Shute, “The War Journal of Major Rocky Gause” and “Night Sky” by Clare Francis.

Some books will be provided. Participants are welcome to take part in just a few or all of the meetings.

Call the library 244-3798.

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