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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It was not so much an anti-war book for me as an anti-humanity book. All of these places are filled-to-overflowing kangor conversation and incident.

An epic tale of a by gone era whose scars and effects are seen and felt to this day. The authorities stayed outside for the most part, allowing the prisoners to manage the best they could.

I hung it on a wall in my sndersonville but have only truly come to appreciate it after these many months of steeping myself in his life. Paperbackpages. Init was revealed that he had allowed his name to be used on a screenplay written by Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten, who had been blacklisted as a result of his refusal to testify before the House Un-American Committee Kanhor hearings.

Two of my favorite episodes include the Tebbs brothers, one where Floral is heading on an adventure with his friends, only to discover they are headed to the local cat house, where Floral’s mother “entertains” men. How many others are there like it?

His family, his whole way of life is under threat, andersnville yet he views himself as a benevolent father figure and is concerned that, if his slaves are given freedom, they will be unable to care for themselves.


After the war the commanding officer of the camp was tried for what would now be termed crimes against humanity and hanged, but in the A powerful fictionalized depiction of the horrors of the Confederate POW camp at Andersonville during the Civil War. As Agnes Mack said, there were so many characters that none of them ever become especially memorable.

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Andersonville, Initial Impressions, February, This is a book which requires commitment and time to read. Andersonville First edition cover. It sometimes takes a strong stomach to read the descriptions of the smells of Andersonville.

A confederate father who had lost three sons joins them at the end as they manufacture a peg leg for the lost foot. Kxntor is war, there are no resolutes.

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For that is what you are today. There were no rules inside the prison other than not to cross the deadline, about 20 feet knator the walls. Carl Spaatz, then the U. The book opens and closes with Ira Claffey, the local plantation owner who watches the prison get built, agonizes over the deplorable conditions and it closes after the American Civil War ends, as Claffey wonders if America will ever get back on track.


They may not physically abuse or starve the slaves they own but they gaslight the families that live on their land into thinking they owe a debt. How few decades have passed since this work–and all it upholds– has already been forgotten?

The third portion which I found the most gripping were the individual stories of the prisoners which were written more like vignettes. There is bravery, defiance, horror and shame, as the men suffer and die, and yet keep arriving to suffer and die… One of the things which really interested me about this novel were how many of those involved were first generation immigrants. At first it took a little getting used to the style of not using quotation marks for speaking parts, but once I got into the flow it was great.


For it is apparent that people talk and gossip, and that Claffey, and his neighbours, are obviously interested; going to view the initial building, going to witness the first prisoners arrive and have a more obviously human interest in what is going on so close to them which is much more believable. This is an interesting addition to the Audible format. In Buchenwald he had been shocked by the horror of what men were capable of doing to other men in the name of war, and the recognition that the insanity was not restricted to Nazis in Germany.

This book is filled with horror and humanity. Men raping one another, beating on each other, anedrsonville from one another, cold-bloodedly killing each other. Benjamin McKinlay Kantorwas an American journalist, novelist and screenwriter.

With the possible exception of more titles of true stature coming from recluse Thomas Pynchon unlikely there is basically no author alive in this country right now, who can write at this level.

I want to give this book 2. The two men articulated those feelings in their report to the Pulitzer Board: