The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard

"The Great Fire" is a historical novel set in the aftermath of World War II. The story follows a British war hero, Aldred Leith, who is sent to occupied Japan to research the effects of the war on the country's culture. During his stay, he falls in love with a young girl, Helen, who is the daughter of the Australian camp commander. Despite the age difference and societal expectations, the two form a deep bond. The book explores themes of love, war, cultural change, and personal transformation.

The 5875th greatest book of all time


Published
2003
Nationality
Australian
Type
Fiction
Pages
278-350
Words
88,000
Original Language
English

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