The Great War by David Almond

The Great War

An anthology of stories inspired by objects from the First World War. It is a collection of stories by bestselling authors, each inspired by a different object from the First World War. Each object illuminates an aspect of life during the war, and each story reminds us of the millions of individual lives that were changed forever by the fighting.


Details The Great War

TitleThe Great War
ISBN9780763675547
Author
Release DateApr 14th, 2015
PublisherCandlewick Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Short Stories, War, Young Adult, Audiobook
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Reviews The Great War

  • Panda Incognito
    2015-06-02
    The graphic design is splendid, the layout is appealing, and the concept of writing stories inspired by WWI artifacts is fascinating, but like with any short story collection, the stories themselves are hit-or-miss. Some are moving and well-written, but others seem like self-indulgent tripe from an author in love with their own writing voice. The writing style is sometimes rambling and incoherent, and I best liked the stories where I could get ab...
  • Aaron Leventhal
    2018-04-01
    The Great War was a very entertaining book to read. It is a compilation of war stories that provide a feeling of connection to what people living through wars experience. As said in The Things They Carried, a war story on its own is never going to be complete. The Great War gives many stories, all of different aspects of the war, whether it be from a wife of a soldier, or from the child of a soldier. While not a happy book per say, each individua...
  • Leslie
    2018-05-07
    Great collection of short stories. Like any collection, some are better than others, but overall I really enjoyed listening to this book. The audio version is wonderful; I loved the variety of readers from different places. I love the concept of this book: writing stories based on objects from WWI! So creative. I also really enjoyed the idea of all these kids grappling with the concept of war, and the different forms that took in all the stories....
  • Emily
    2018-05-10
    It was just so earnest that plus the juvenile focus let me a tad cold. I don't think that any of the stories really stuck. Cool idea for a book, middling execution. I would have probably preferred history to fiction in this case.
  • Jennifer
    2018-05-04
    I'd forgotten how powerful short stories can be! This was especially good because I listened to it on audiobook and the narrators did such impressive work, they really drew me in to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
  • Laurie
    2018-05-02
    Audiobook Sync free audiobooks for their YA summer program week 1. 3.5 starsThis collection of short stories were all based around artifacts from WWI. Short stories seem like they're probably harder to write than imagined, with enough to get a reader's attention and invest them, but still keep it short. As such, short story collections are often hit or miss, but this collection was mostly hits! I liked most and really liked a few of them. A worth...
  • Stacy Koster
    2018-05-02
    I loved all the short stories in this book. It was great!
  • Liesl
    2018-05-01
    Audiobook SYNC Theme: Stories with HistoriesI struggle with paying attention with audiobooks, but when you have a seven hour drive it seems the perfect time to give it another chance. I came across this book because it's featured on this year's audiobook sync summer reads; I wasn't sure if it would hold my interest but I found myself engaged with the stories. Some were better than others but overall they were quite good and there's some great aut...
  • Hannah Ward
    2015-05-22
    Usually I only read short stories for my English class at school. I feel like short stories never are able to get the full story with the few pages they are allotted. But I actually thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I must admit that I thought some short stories were better than others, but at the same time each story kept me interested and wanting to read more. This is the first short story anthology that I've ever read completely. Usually I skip s...
  • Vanessa
    2016-07-08
    Great concept of explaining something about WWI through items. Learned through the stories and the descriptions of the items. Read 4 hours for summer reading program
  • Edward Sullivan
    2015-05-07
    A collection of short stories inspired by World War I artifacts from the Imperial War Museum.
  • Robyn
    2018-04-30
    Eleven short stories based on WWI artifacts. Best read a few at a time with breaks for sunshine and snuggles from a pet. First Lines: World War I, known at the time as the Great War, was the most destructive conflict the world had ever seen. Sixteen million people lost their lives, twenty million were wounded, and millions more were left homeless and starving. The Great War began July 28th, 1914 when the Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empi...
  • Kailyn Bettle
    2018-02-05
    Summary:"The Great War" is comprised of 11 short stories all about World War I. Each story is based on actual artifacts from the war such as a helmet or a toy soldier. The stories explore a wide range of settings during the war from Ireland to Britain and a wide range of characters, exploring all of the different individuals impacted during the war: children, spouses, mothers, and soldiers. Each story is powerful, some through sorrow and regret, ...
  • Jarrett Bell
    2017-05-21
    "Grown-ups have to be polite to everyone, but they have to shoot everyone too. There's nothing in the middle about being a grown-up. Maybe they wouldn't have to go away and fire wizbangs and mortars at one another and get shot if they were allowed to tell old bags how rotten they are whenever they wanted." (pg. 30). WWI is one of those one-sentence lines in history class, usually mentioning Archduke Ferdinand, trench warfare, and Germany being br...
  • n
    2018-08-07
    Morpurgo's story was quite nicely done, even if awkward; I have not much to say about it. Almond's story was actually really good and interesting; it actually had a lot of feeling for a short story. I loved it.My rating for this book, which is the one with three stories (96 pages), is so low because of John Boyne's story. His story was atrocious; it was just as bad as his other writing, which isn't even remotely shocking because he's just not a g...
  • Camitran
    2017-10-23
    "The Great War" is a historical book that was inspired by multiple authors from the First World War's items, like a Brodie helmet, or a French toy soldier. This book expresses realism, as it is describing the War where many have died. It is certainly a powerful and emotional book for someone in this time because of the memories these items store. For example, Timothee de Fombelle's "Captain Rosalie" shows how the Rosalie's life was shaped from he...
  • Niki
    2018-05-08
    The Great War is a collection of short, fictional stories, each inspired by a different artifact from the First World War; Fantastic provocation for the writing. However, as is often the case with anthologies, not all the stories were gems. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I could envision many educational connections.The audiobook version, with a variety of accents, was interesting, and while they attempt to fill the gap of no images with a rich ...
  • Terri
    2018-05-22
    A collection of short stories inspired by artifacts from World War I are collected in this fine volume. I listened to this work in audiobook format, and the recordings of each story were done in the appropriate accent for the setting, English, Irish, Scottish, French, and Harlem, New York. Each story was followed by the name and description of the object that inspired the story, and I assume the print version would include a photograph of that ob...
  • Phoenix
    2018-05-09
    In all honesty, I thought this had a pretty stupid premise. Fictional stories inspired by war-time objects.... one of which is a... *sigh*... a godd- ... ugh. It's a fucking butter dish. For fuck's.... A fucking "war time butter dish." Sweet jesus. What.Now that I've read it, ok, yeah, *sigh* I kind of understand the butter dish. I still think it's dumb but I understand. You... you do you, Writing Prompt Generator Person. You do you.Most of the s...
  • Alissa
    2018-06-12
    This is a book of short stories I listened to as an audio book. I really liked hearing the different narrators for the different stories. After each story the listener is told about the item that inspired the story. I felt a little cheated that I couldn't see the item, so I tracked down a copy at the library just to see the pictures. There are actual pictures of the items, but the book is beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay as well. I have found w...
  • Thebruce1314
    2017-11-07
    Most short story collections are hit-or-miss in terms of content, but there wasn’t a story that I didn’t like in this one. I loved the concept of using historical items for inspiration (though some of the connections are a bit tenuous). Pictures and explanations for each of the items used are included at the end of the book, and the authors included are all quite accomplished writers.The book itself is beautiful, with black and white illustra...
  • Corrin Baker
    2018-05-19
    "The Great War" contains poignant stories from multiple perspectives on World War I. Each story is unique and different in its own way. Most come from the outside - there is little focus on the actual battles and events of the war and more on those living in the sphere outside of it. All the stories are beautiful in their own way and will leave the reader with a haunting impression afterward. The audiobook readers are phenomenal. Highly recommend...
  • Rachel Grover
    2017-09-09
    Yes - amazing! A perfect companion to my students' study of World War I in history class, as well as for creative writing - writing historical fiction based on an artifact. I also appreciated the end notes of the actual artifacts. My one critique would be that I wish I saw more indication at the beginning of each story in the illustrations of which artifact was being showcased in each story. An easy purchase for my MS library.
  • Alicia Weaver
    2018-05-10
    Such an intriguing book made up of short stories written by various authors all revolving around WWI. Each story is centered around a very specific war object and the object helps tell the story of the lives around it. After each story there is historical information about the actual historical object. My favorite story was the one about the Christmas tins. I am pretty sure I made an audible gasp while listening to this one particular story.
  • Heather
    2018-05-12
    This was the first book for the 2018 Audiobook Sync Summer series and I really liked it! This is a collection of short stories all based off of an object from World War I. I thought that using an object for a story was a creative way to tell about World War I. Some of the stories were about a butter dish, a helmet, a medal, a piece of metal from a Zeppelin bomb, a blue letter, a toy soldier, a compass, a writing booklet, and music I believe are s...
  • BJ Brown
    2017-08-27
    A collection of short fiction inspired by English artifacts of the Great War, World War I, with evocative, haunting artwork by Jim Kay. There is little glorying in the battle, and much counting the cost as it rips through communities and generations. A worthy complement for the customary history curriculum for middle grades and up.
  • Alicia
    2017-11-03
    I tried but did not get in to any of the short stories and only skimmed with the authors that I'm a fan of their fiction or nonfiction in general. It was not a stellar collection and I don't know that aside from the title and subtitle I understood the purpose of the collection at a deeper level-- I struggled to find meaning.
  • Malinda
    2018-05-02
    I originally started listening to this book with my boys but had to stop minutes into the first story because the tone was too dark for their ages. I continued listening to it on my own and disliked it all the more the longer I lasted. There wasn't much uplifting about any of these stories and even though I got it for free, it wasn't worth keeping.