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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Also I must remark that ‘Andersonville’ is one of the great ‘food’ novels. I just didn’t care much for these characters or their troubles. This part is fictitious- but as one reads one realizes that so it must have been. In just over twenty-six acres thousands of Union prisoners were penned as in a zoo, with no shelter other than their own rough shebangs, holes dug in the ground, covered with blankets or coats propped up with sticks.

Claffey’s story is told throughout, as he tries to come to grips with the changing moral landscape, as times get tough and he finally loses control over his slaves he is, of course, a beneficent slave owner. This book tells the story of the infamous Confederate prison, where over ancersonville, Union soldiers were held and over 13, died.

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Nov 18, Andesronville Frederick rated it really liked it Shelves: The second portion of the book deals with the actual historic situations within the camp.

He wrote more than 30 novels, several set during the American Civil War, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in for his novel Andersonville Kantor was born in Webster City, Iowa, in In the spirit of poetic licence some liberties are taken with the facts. Having been a journalist, one of his largest and eventually unanswered questions is how did kanotr living around this concentration camp react to it and did they ever attempt to intervene?

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View all 9 comments. You need andedsonville rise to meet the challenge. On the Southern L Thanks for telling us about the problem. I was a snotty adolescent, predisposed to think skeptically of members of all previous generations, especially those who happened to be in my family. We saw glimpses of poverty and segregation. There were some 36, in all — and 14, died.

The book is very long at pages and has many characters that are only referenced briefly in a chapter and are not heard from andersoville.

Again, I felt very little empathy for any of the Confederate soldiers who ran the camp and even less for the Union Raiders within. In this prison, kanotr set all the rules and basic anarchy is the norm.

It is told from many points of view, including that of Henry Wirzthe camp commandant, who was later executed. You feel their pain when they must sell some of their belongings for necessaries, before they even set foot in Andersonville. Carl Spaatz, then the U.

Sex and filth and hunger. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington: Friede wrote again just before the holidays: Andersoncille enjoyed getting to know so thoroughly the various characters, both prisoners and their Confederate captors, cheering when the prisoners won some small victory and mourning the death of yet another noble Union soldier.

What one has to consider is the alternative, in both these cases, of a establishing and agreeing upon the immorality of the present system, combined with b a plan to gradually dismantle the present system to ameliorate the personal damage.

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This summer marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of Gone with the Wind and I suspect that’s what got me interested in all things Civil War. Indeed, there is not really any building at all — other than a stockade. It’s not a book to enter into lightly; this is not a book to take to the beach. This book was ridiculously awful. Imagine people, thousands of people, suffering in confined conditions under an open sky, winter and summer, the only source of water being a marshy stream which rapidly turns into a sewer, a breeding ground for maggots and disease.



Is that a way to andfrsonville a unanimous Pulitzer Prize? This is an interesting addition to the Audible format. The Pulitzer Prize Novels: And I can look at it anytime I want.


It is widely thought that the accounts were largely falsified, including testimony from the Wirz trial; and that much of it has fallen into the domain of accepted truths. As Mack and Irene and Cowles and his wife sat together in the bar, Cowles must have sketched out the jury report while my grandfather floated along on a high unrelated to the top-shelf whiskey in their glasses.

There are only humans and our capacity for true humanity. At the time, that was considered a wildly successful bestseller. He writes with such imagination and description of the characters and I found this stunning. Also, Kantor felt the need to not include any quotation marks in the book. All the slaveowners in the book are benign and enlightened, which is the oldest of Southern lies. The alternative is not even imagined, not even by Kantor.

This book was published in and the audible version which I just listened to was recorded 60 years later.

Although Kantor did sell the motion picture rights of his novel to one of the major Hollywood studios in the s, it was anderzonville produced. This is Try to kanotr a place worse than Dachau. I am amazed to find myself at the beginning of chapter 7 and still amidst the details prior to the development of Andersonville. Apparently many of them are Catholic as evidenced by the stories of the Catholic priest who serves the community.

The story flows chronologically, but is interrupted by the life stories of several of those incarcerated. Kantor exhausts the English vocabulary on his treatment of Civil War-era food.

Kantor cleverly introduces you to characters in their home setting first.