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  • Mass Market Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reprint edition (April 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449215571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449215579
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a stunning tour-de-force, Marge Piercy has woven a tapestry of World War II, of six women and four men, who fought and died, worked and worried, and moved through the dizzying days of the war. A compelling chronicle of humans in conflict with inhuman events, GONE TO SOLIDERS is an unforgettable reading experience and a stirring tribute to the remarkable survival of the human spirit.
"Panoramic...This is a sweeping epic in the best sense."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Emma on September 4, 2002
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This book is a sweeping history of World War II, told from the perspective of several different characters, all but one Jewish. We see the war from many views, from the inside of a concentration camp, through a journal, letters and firsthand accounts. Each character (and there are 10 total) gives something new and interesting to the overall story and the history is built from memory and perspective rather than from a lecture or a history book.
Piercy brings you into the minds and hearts of each person as you live inside of their world, chapter by chapter. It's incredibly well written and entertaining as well as providing a lot of important history
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ZipZipZips on April 3, 2003
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Gone to Soldiers is one of the more brilliant books I have ever read. The characters very complex and multidimensional and I connected with each of them. This book really made me realize a lot about the emotional turmoil connected with World War II. I have read many Holocaust books, but this touched me even deeper than those did. This book is so different than any book I have read for many many reasons. Many authors have tried intertwining stories, but none have accomplished it as well as Marge Piercy has in this book. Each character is distinct and amazing, yet they all fit perfectly in the grand scheme of this book. I have also never read a book in which characters feel what they feel in this book. Murray and Bernice were so unique and felt such unique things, I was blown away. By the way, this book isn't just for adults...I am 15 and I love it. It is rather hair raising, so I wouldn't recommend it for most children, but all adults should read this book. Especially you and your family and friends.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By flame on December 18, 1999
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I've read and reread this book so often, the cover is falling off. Like Piercy's book "Summer People", the chapters are narrated by different characters, and Piercy makes them all come to life, though some are weaker and less interesting than others. As the characters are drawn into the war in various ways, the reader follows them to the mean streets of Detroit, Paris in the early days of the Occupation, camps of the French Resistance, the Pacific theatre, WAC training bases, the offices of Washington cryptanalysts, bombed-out London, Auschwitz, Berlin, and more. If it weren't so well-executed, it would run the risk of being a transAtlantic soap opera; instead, it's an ambitious and gripping saga of lives changed by the vagaries of war, and history changed by the "bit players" who stood up to be counted. This is a great book to read with your best friends -- you'll want to talk about it as you go along!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Coklow on May 8, 2001
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But I don't think Marge Piercy set out to be Tolstoy. Apparently the book has historical inaccuracies, and I wouldn't characterize it as classic literature, but I don't think that's the point. It's still one of the best books I've ever read (and re-read several times). The characters are unforgettable and involve you deeply in the stories, which are deftly woven and interwoven. The details may be inaccurate but I haven't experienced anything else (in any medium or genre) that so forcefully brought home what it must have been like to live in fear of the Nazis, to have to choose between collaboration and resistance, and face death on a daily basis. The transformation of one of the central characters from a naive, silly, ignorant teenager to a tough resistance heroine is for me the most brilliantly done and compelling storyline.
I'm not a huge Marge Piercy fan, as all her books I've read (4) have serious flaws, but this is undoubtedly her greatest achievement. I do strongly recommend this to just about any reader.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary Taylor on October 31, 1999
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Never has a book stayed in my memory for so long. With 6 different people,each in a different part of the world, the reader is given a view of what war was like from the human aspect, how where u lived at the time and who you were, could affect your life in so many different ways. Each character, is interwoven with one another, tho thousands of miles and vastly different wartime experiences seperate them. This is the book that history teachers should have us read, so we can understand, and feel, and cry. It is not just the horrors, but the everyday life of people trying to deal with the changes war brings to all.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2003
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In my opinion, this is one of Piercy's best novels to date. In a similar vein to City of Darkness City of Light, Piercy explores a period of history viewed from several different angles, each illuminating a different aspect of the history. This allows her themes to come through the novel gently, without appearing heavy-handed or overly biased.
The novel is set during World War II, with the plot set in different parts of the US France and Britain (the intention was that it would also have a section based in Russia).
Being a Marge Piercy novel, you know it's going to be packed with believable, well-developed characters, with many of the key characters women. She follows these characters through the novel, as they become more aware of themselves, the situations around them and their role in history.
Definately one of my favorite books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Horton on January 8, 2003
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This book never really leaves you. The copy I read was passed on to me from a friend...there was no cover, the pages were loosened and all was held together with a large rubber band. That was evidence of how many times it had changed hands. I read it and passed it on. It may still be circulating somewhere. I now own a signed first of this book.
The book is set in WWII and is expansively told from the point of view of different characters...both those on the homefront and those on the front line. From time to time, their lives intertwine, although not always directly.
If you love historical fiction, WWII, or simply a page burning novel, you will love this book. Read it...caress it...pass it on...and, if you happen across the one with the rubber band, handle it lovingly.
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