Gathered around him, surgeons discussed the possibility of amputating his wounded leg.
Race on Mar 05, Wow, this was a tough book to finish as an intense reminder about what a terrible time this was in our Nation's history. My quick research revealed that the book is accurate about the Civil War, the prison camps, and the disaster on the river with the returning prisoners.
The authors were a good writing team concerning The Wake of the Perdido Star, and I suppose I expected more with this fictional account; of course, it was a painful period without much redeeming value, just a lot of killing, deadly diseases, and mistreatment of one another.
A very depressing subject to write about Movie material By Burke on May 15, A good read but not a great read. Strangely enough I really feel this could be made into a great movie. I found the subject very interesting but the storyline just didn't do it for me. The characters didn't seem realistic.
He is a history buff. He said the book was factual and easy to read.
Forgetable By Flip on Mar 13, If this book didn't have Gene Hackman's name prominently on the cover I doubt it would have been published.
The story is simple yet far-fetched. Characters travel around the USA as if in motor cars not in midth century wartime. A bit like Lee Child at his worst the characters are generally two-dimensional, even though Lafarge, Joe Toby and Mrs Foster have the potential for better - indeed Mrs Foster seems to be been included merely for a bit of gratuitous sexual titillation.
If the authors feel sex is needed I commend to them "Birdsong" and see how to do it properly. Overall the piece has the feel of a film proposal, not a novel. Unfortunately the writing is badly edited and muddled. For instance, when Captain Parker has disembarked his troops from the fated SS Sultana and bribed an officer "on the SS Pauline Carroll", one is left wondering whether he then has them wait in a shed or aboard the SS Pauline Carroll - which he then writes has yet to arrive.
Shortly afterwards the authors invent a message from General Grant who has implausibly located Parker in Vicksburg in the days following Lincoln's assassination withdrawing his Medal of Valour or demanding that he become Grant's adjutant.
The device serves no purpose save to perhaps illustrate some imagined flaw in Grant's character. The grammar is poor and unnecessarily verbose.
The spoken text has none of the authenticity of say Eudora Welty. A loose reference to Clara Barton is dropped in without either justification or serious research for at the time when the novel is set, Ms Barton's later reputation was yet to be made. The pretensions of the authors are unjustified - the slaughter of the US Civil War is bad enough without a casual reference to Ares, a Greek god of war?
The defence of "following orders" given by the commandant, Capt Henry Wirz of the prison at his show trial, resonated embarrassingly for the US when it was offered by the Nazis at Nuremburg and again at the trial of Lt Calley after the massacre of My Lai.
Like its policy of Manifest Destiny, the US government's excuse for the extermination of Native Americans - a heinous crime against humanity worthy of the Nazis years laterAndersonville and Elmira are a part of its history America would like to forget.
I don't think novel has much to commend it. Five Stars By Patricia A. Vowels on Jul 01, Good read! He reported back to me that he enjoyed the book very much. My grt grt Uncle was held prisoner in the Civil War.
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But after watching the whole first season, I got turned off more and more by the unrealistic and lazy writing and decisions. Being a novel, it allows more freedom to help the reader understand the horrors of the war, especially in the politics developing during the final year, but there are a few episodes where belief is suspended for the 'hero' to succeed as well as he appears to do.
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