Book Review: The Daughters of Mars

The Daughters of MarsThomas Keneally is a marvelously prolific Australian writer perhaps best known as the author of Schindler’s List.

The Daughters of Mars is his 29th book, and quite possibly his best.

Naomi and Sally Durance are young sisters working as nurses in Australia.  When World War I breaks out, they join a volunteer corps of military nurses, stationed first on a hospital ship in the Mediterranean, then on the front lines in France.  Their patients include young men suffering from horrific wounds, virulent disease, trench foot and the effects of chlorine and mustard gas.

The novel examines the morality of war, the changing roles of women in an increasingly complex world, the dawn of modern medicine and the new science of psychology.  The writing is muscular, the story compelling and unforgettable.



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Maggie is the adult services parapro at the Plainfield branch. Her second most favorite place to be (after the library) is in the woods with a bird identification guide, a pair of binoculars, a thermos of coffee and a good book for she comes across that perfect spot for reading.

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