The Daughters of Mars

The Daughters of Mars

A Novel

Book - 2012
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In 1915, two spirited Australian sisters join the war effort as nurses, escaping the confines of their father's dairy farm and carrying a guilty secret with them. Used to tending the sick as they are, nothing could have prepared them for what they confront, first in the Dardanelles, then on the Western Front. Yet they find courage in the face of extreme danger and become the friends they never were before. And eventually they meet the kind of men worth giving up their precious independence for - if only they all survive. At once epic in scope and extraordinarily intimate, The Daughters of Mars brings the First World War to vivid life from an unusual perspective.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Staughton, c2012
ISBN: 9780340951880
Branch Call Number: F KEN NVD
Characteristics: 519 p. : map ; 24 cm


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Oct 02, 2017

I am purchasing this book for holiday gifts and I rarely give books. This was an amazing story, very well told by a clear master. LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!!!! If you have a friend whom is or was a Nurse or Medic, this is the gift for them.

Apr 27, 2015

The Daughters of Mars is an epic sweep of WW1, from the start through to after the Armistice, from Australia, to Egypt, the Dardanelles and Gallipoli, the Western Front and back.

The Daughters of Mars is an intimate account of the WW1 adventures of two sisters, both nurses, from New South Wales.

This novel succeeds at both. Some readers are bothered by Keneally’s idiosyncratic writing style, with no quotation marks around dialogue. For me, it did not detract from understanding who was speaking. His alternative endings bring home the randomness of death in war.

Apr 27, 2014

An old fashioned epic war novel, with Australian nurses at the center. Kind of eccentric, though, its pages are indiscriminately packed with details, all related in the same breezy, chatty voice whether describing horrific tragedies or going out for tea in London. Sometimes I found the chatty voice annoying, but otherwise it was a fascinating read because it gets you really close to the action.

Mar 07, 2014

Naomi and Sally, two sisters who are also nurses, leave New South Wales for nursing assignments in the Great war. Their first work is in Alexandria in Egypt, then off the Dardanelles and finally in northern France. Their relationships with each other, with the nurses with whom they serve, the wounded soldiers they encounter and the men they come reluctantly to love all play out in a book that is always hopeful even in the midst of carnage.

I wondered if this book of nursing terribly damaged soldiers would get too grim. It doesn?t. It?s as good as Pat Barker?s Great War trilogy I think among the best of that era. And, oh, what an ending Keneally?s book has. A very good book.

amodolo Nov 03, 2013

An interesting story, but it was long and I felt uninterested a few times throughout. I will say that Keneally knows how to write an engrossing story. I loved how the relationship of the Durance sisters grows and how they learn to rely on one another.

I just felt confused a few times on the switches between the two girls and with how dragged out some scenes were.

Oct 13, 2013

The rather formal writing made for a bland and not very appealing story. I couldn't really get into it, because it didn't feel all that real.

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