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Lighter than a feather : a novel

Author: David Westheimer
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, ©1971.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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One of the more popular 'what ifs' of the Second World War is that of Operation Downfall, the projected invasion of Japan. Planned as a massive two-part operation, the surrender of Japan in September 1945 rendered it unnecessary... David Westheimer's novel offers one such exploration. It consists of a series of fictional vignettes depicting the experiences of the Americans and Japanese involved in an invasion of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
War stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Westheimer
OCLC Number: 147347
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Description: 431 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Responsibility: by David Westheimer.

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One of the more popular 'what ifs' of the Second World War is that of Operation Downfall, the projected invasion of Japan. Planned as a massive two-part operation, the surrender of Japan in September 1945 rendered it unnecessary... David Westheimer's novel offers one such exploration. It consists of a series of fictional vignettes depicting the experiences of the Americans and Japanese involved in an invasion of Kyushu. Though their stories he unfolds his novel gradually, describing the invasion through the soldiers (and in the case of the Japanese, the civilians) on both sides involved in it. Unlike the novels of such alternate history authors as Harry Turtledove the characters change from story to story; there is little continuity between the stories apart from the overall context, and the characters themselves suffer a fearful death rate. Yet Westheimer spends time fleshing them out while telling their tales, turning what could easily have been one-dimensional figures into distinctly-realized individuals. --Mark Klobas at Amazon.com.

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