In the historical fiction genre, All the Light We Cannot See divulges the story of a young blind girl, Marie-Laure growing up in Paris and a young German orphan boy, Werner, all leading up to and in the course of WWII. Anthony Doerr uses metaphors and vivid language while telling this dismal and tragic story of the Nazi invasion of France. Worth a read. I followed the reading by watching The Monuments Men, which elaborates on the thievery of precious art and jewels ordered by the Führer. Worth a watch.
As a tale of historical fiction, the storyline of Downton Abbey reflects many happenings in world history. The New York Times recently published a timeline of sorts which expands on the various historical events referenced in each episode. Click here to read further. I hope the NYT will continue to update this article as the episodes are broadcasted here in the United States.