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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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All hope was abandoned by the 45, Union soldiers imprisoned here. The Pulitzer Prize-winning story of the Andersonville Fortress and its use as a concentration camp-like prison by the South during the Civil War. Army Anderrsonville Corp commander. Exposition and conversation run together, without identifying punctuation, causing frustration and confusion among some readers.

Human waste and rotting bodies both dead and alive. Fluid and confident authorship.

The man who wrote ‘Andersonville’

As someone who aspired to be a writer — a desire I had always attributed to a seventh-grade poetry assignment or a charismatic college professor — I had often considered what it would be like to win recognition on such a grand scale.

Be the first to discover new talent! He makes sure you understand that there is no North and South; no right and wrong in this war. This book was ridiculously awful. It showed me what a safe little world I inhabited and thought was normal. Kantor spent years on background research, evidenced in his writing, material he handles with ease, fully digested, unlike so many other historical novels.

When a book is pages, I expect the characters to andeesonville thoroughly developed and the plot to be, well, a plot. Henry Wirz, the commander of the stockade was the only person ever executed for war crimes perpetrated by an American on American soil.

It took a mac,inlay view of Buchenwald when it was opened to war correspondents to bring home the horrors he had read about in Andersonville; MacKinlay Kantor knew he must put into book form the research he’d been doing for 25 years.


At the very least, the evil Irish mob boss could have been more up front about their real reason for hating the war — that is, hatred of the blacks competing for their jobs. As Agnes Mack said, there were so many characters that none of them ever become especially memorable.

If you’re interested in historical war novels this is an interesting, oft referenced but not explained, portion of the civil war. And often the andersonvile is not good for the character in question. I just didn’t care much for these characters or their troubles. Each chapter mackinlxy this long book features characters who re imprisoned in Andersonville during the Civil War–a horrid outdoor prison in the south.

Each prisoner’s story was a heartfelt tale, even if told with an impending feeling of doom. Of course the book is so good andersonvillee frankly it seems to me that I must not have written it. His family, his whole way of life is under threat, and 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.

In September, after Qndersonville had labored through the galleys, all pages of them, he and Irene went off to Europe to recover. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign ,antor.

All 37 hours on audio. It’s enormous and staggering. He writes with such imagination and description of the characters and I found this stunning. On each of the pages you will be swept up in the great conflict and feel it viscerally as it happens to the characters you have come to know.


Perhaps one reason why it has slipped into oblivion is that its structure is antithetical to contemporary tastes. It wasn’t a terrible book, and I read all of it, which probably puts me in the minority. No one today has andersonvulle patience. As such, we hear their back stories and what led them to this point and also of the despair, and the futility, that those outside the stockade feel as the horror of the camp unfolds.


There are no Abolitionist Yankees, no black runaways, no-one to challenge the Southern view. Dozens of books were published right after the Civil War to gain sympathy of Legislators to dispense favors.

The author begins the mackinlah describing the account fictitious of the residents who live in this sleepy Southern town. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington: It resembles more closely the work of the social historians who might seem uninterested in sketching for the reader a broader narrative synthesis and thus are less attractive to the general public.

Feb 28, Suzanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ugh, this book was painful to get through, and I only persevered because I was reading it for anderspnville book club. In the year or so it was open an estimated 45 thousand men passed through its gates; almost 13 thousand never passed out again, other than to the mackinla, dead of malnutrition, neglect, malaria, diarrhoea, scurvy and gangrene.

Kantor goes into great detail with each and every character, fleshing them out with anecdotes from their previous lives before they were soldiers, before they were prisoners, before they were jailers.

Andersonville (novel) – Wikipedia

Obviously, from a 21st Century take, we attribute this and most ill recorded moments in history as complacency. Historical novels are, without question, the best way of teaching history, for they offer the human stories behind the events and leave the reader with a desire to know more.

Dec 12, Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont rated it it was amazing.

Andersonville is a novel by MacKinlay Kantor concerning the Confederate prisoner of war camp, Andersonville prisonduring the American Civil War —