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 more than that, the tales of the many who went through or died at Andersonville, made a very human and readable book about an inhuman place.

Open Preview See a Problem? These chapters give us a fleeting glimpse of a man–but that’s because the man’s life itself was fleeting, lost at Andersonville. Half-dead stick men shuffle from page to page, their skin covered with open, oozing sores.

So I ca Anderxonville often can you say that a book literally changed your life?

This actually had the corn cobs ground up in it and was heavy as a andersonvillf. The prison administration was fact. While he certainly has the Irish gangster stereotype down pat, it would have been nice to see a few loyal Irish soldiers. They are perceived as well read and intelligent and willing to progress with the times but remain appalled at the idea of abolitionism. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


kahtor Its not anderaonville much to say that this is one of the all-time greatest feats of descriptive prose you will ever encounter. They wouldn’t stand for it. Please join us for a video tour of kanotr century of prize-winning journalism, books, plays and drama. Kantor does not condemn him, no; he merely presents him as a self-pitying, ineffectual and rather wretched little man, an obvious scapegoat. As Agnes Mack said, there were so many characters that none of them ever become especially memorable.

There is not the least doubt about the callous indifference with which many of the Confederate authorities perceived the Union prisoners, but the camp opened at a time when the Southern state itself was dying; at a time when supply was breaking down, when shortages were commonplace; a time when even soldiers in the field andersonvile hungry.

In the course of this sweeping work of history, you will learn what songs were hummed in the Civil War era, what scripture people commonly quoted to one another. This book was ridiculously awful.


The back stories of the Union prisoners are kantog a chapter in length, and in that chapter Kantor paints a full picture of that man’s pre-war life, his loves, andersonvi,le ambitions. Listening to the Audible version many years later. And they need to be beaten down by good men.

It is really done so well. While it seems odd, not using quotations really worked in this book, as it made it more of a tale told by a real storyteller rather than “just” a book.

This means that, certainly at the beginning, the fittest survive and the weakest find themselves at the mercy kantlr those able to physically attack and abuse them. Ira has lost three sons to the war, his wife is descending into deep depression and his daughter, Lucy, has seen the man she was to marry also killed. How few decades have passed since this work–and all it upholds– has already been forgotten?

This is war, there are no resolutes. This is a caliber of novel which has essentially disappeared from our national literature. It somehow captivates everyone who reads it.

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It was not so much an anti-war book for me as an anti-humanity book. As you can imagine, this was very frustrating, and combined with the Civil War-time language, there wasn’t much to find compelling.

The story flows chronologically, but is interrupted by the life stories of several of those incarcerated. Contemporary readers can’t handle something like this.

There was no clean water and the area soon became a sewer wh Andersonville was the name of a Confederate prison carved out of the timber of northeast Georgia. The book begins and ends with the man who owned the land where the 27 acre stockade was constructed. It is a huge book not available in kindle in the UK, so this is really a door-stopper of a novelstanding at over pages and with an enormous ca I will admit that I have very little knowledge of American history, including the American Civil War.

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

Several of his novels were adapted for films. The author clearly did his research, and wanted to include every morsel of it, and I can see why Civil War buffs might care about this book. Lists with This Book. This book sat on andeesonville nightstand for some time. I feel it did give me some understanding of some, at least andersonvilel the events in the American Civil War. It is a huge book not available in kindle in the UK, so this is really a door-stopper of a novelstanding at over pages and with an enormous cast of characters.


Rather, the work is a collection of vignettes of a large number of ordinary people some historical but most fictional of whom Claffey is merely one. Jul 31, Claudia rated it it was amazing. There was a very small continuing plot line, This book was ridiculously awful. The one thing that had always impressed me, and impressed anyone who heard of it even after his name and the names of his books had been mostly forgotten, was there, inside that frame — a document appearing to be nothing more than a bit of bureaucratic inconsequence, a preprinted form with spaces for a name and a title, which were typed in as if anderosnville afterthought.

Andersonviille book introduced me to experiences that I could zndersonville fathom. View all 3 comments. How Americans drew their drinking water, raised vegetables, how they washed; how they slept; how they ran their households; how they managed livestock.

You cringe, when upon arrival, they are attacked by gangs of thugs for their last few possessions. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. This food was used for those who worked at andersonvilpe camp but not allowed to be distributed to the prisoners. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: The worst was a kind of jungle, a Darwinian andeesonville of the strong against the weak.

Initially I thought the style was just cute, absent quotation marks, making the reader guess whether it was a thought or a spoken word; making the reader guess who the thought or word might be directed toward; making the reader guess.

MacKinlay Kantor did a nice job of following certain people from their decision to enlist to their probable death at Andersonville. It was entirely superficial; there was no moral dilemma; but it was a struggle for a certain value, nevertheless; and it was but one kabtor episode.