Andersonville has ratings and reviews. Larry said: This is a book that I read as a young teenager. It changed my life. I was living a fairly mi. The greatest of our Civil War novels” (New York Times) reissued for a new generation As the United States prepares to commemorate the Civil. Man’s inhumanity to Man — and the redeeming flashes of mercy — this is the theme at the heart of this grim record in fictional form of one of the blots on the.

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But all of that anderssonville ancient history to me, barely visible through the fog of the past. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s enormous and staggering. Probably in real life as in the novel.

Born into poverty with an emotionally abusive father, his elemental drive and love of words had propelled him, at least briefly, to one of the highest pinnacles a writing man could attain.

Despite its ambitions and despite the plaudits, this book had neither. It certainly does not figure in any of the more common lists of notable fiction from the XX Century and I would be surprised to find it listed in a major bibliography of selected, fiction works dealing with the Civil War. In the end, though, the book is so bland it’s not even offensive when it’s totally dishonest.

On the seventh day of May,according to that small certificate in its gold frame, the trustees of Columbia University greeted all persons and made it known that MacKinlay Kantor had been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Letters — Fiction. By midmonth, finally on the mend, he was cheered by this note from his agent Donald Friede: Considered the ultimate novel of the Civil War; And justifiably so. But no matter, not really.

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The war is a backdrop to it all. But the whole thing is presented as hopeless, from beginning to end. The prison itself was fact, along with the poor unfortunates impr Andersonville Women in hoopskirts; men in uniforms; whiskers and beards everywhere.


Nathan Dreyfoos, for example, does not consider even joining the war until a chance encounter causes him to join up. It is a slice of our world at the time in question. Was it accidental or deliberate that Kantor showed us both positive and negative characters from both the North and the South?

After flying on several bombing missions, he asked for and received training to operate the bomber’s turret machine guns this was illegal, as he was not in service.


Compared to the other US Civil War novels that had won the Pulitzer previously, this book is darker and more abstract than the generalized good vs. I enjoyed getting to know so thoroughly mackinpay various characters, both prisoners and their Confederate captors, cheering when the prisoners won some small victory and mourning the death mackijlay yet another noble Union soldier. But I am so glad I stuck it out to the bitter end, and like so many other reviewers before me, I will carry this novel with me for the rest of my life.

Could she win that struggle with hard work, or not? Although it is an uncomfortable read, for much of the time, it was a rewarding one and I am glad that I finally got around to reading it — having meant to do so for a long time. Andersonville, the Pultizer Prize winning work of historical fiction written by MacKinlay Kantor, seemed a natural choice for my sndersonville interest in that period of American History.

Andersonville, Initial Impressions, February, 11 29 Feb 19, Meandering, overwrought, and muddled, the story skips around randomly from character to character with no discernible rhyme or reason. Maybe it was just the scope of the trauma and grief the book conveys; articulated so beautifully.

It sometimes takes a strong stomach to read the descriptions of the smells of Andersonville. Not matter what you think of the politics anersonville the civil war, this book shows how the combination of incompetence, lack of manpower, lack of compassion, and just plain inhumanity came together to create hell on earth.


And then the Union soldier heads off seeking freedom and having found mackinlwy friendship. I didn’t count the number of characters whose stories are told, but it must be upward of thirty. These thoughts and others kept me from picking up this book for years.

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The book is epic in ambition and in unveiling the horrors the union prisoners of war were forced to endure in andersonville occasionally reaches its ambitions, but unlike other reviewers I don’t think it can hold a candle to books like life and war, war and peace or those by Primo Levi. Any five chapters of this novel –take them in a row, or cherry-pick–are more authoritative, more astutely conceived and better executed than–well–really, you’ll find them better than any American novel written today.

We had a purposeful sequence of events aimed at achieving an objectives; mackinlsy were being pursued.

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The story flows chronologically, but is interrupted by the life stories of several of those anfersonville. But hell, it was written in so there ya go. At the time, that was considered a wildly successful bestseller.

Mike Cowles had hired Mack as a columnist at the Des Moines Register a quarter century earlier, and had since gone on to found Look magazine. All of these places are filled-to-overflowing with conversation and incident. Kantor has anderzonville ingenious narrative tricks I’ve rarely–if ever seen done.

I could not find a central plot or a main character whose values I might engage with mxckinlay follow. All the slaveowners in the book are benign and enlightened, which is the oldest of Southern lies. Obviously, from a 21st Century take, we attribute this and most ill recorded moments in history as complacency.