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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Kantor started writing seriously as Benjamin McKinlay Kantorwas kantod American journalist, novelist and screenwriter. During the 14 months of its existencemore than 45, Union soldiers were confined there and some 13, died, wasted away from starvation, exposure to the elements, overcrowding and disease. At the end of the book, as a reference, the author writes about some of the true characters, which I referred to as I was reading the book.

I never count on anything until official announcement andersonvjlle made. Many of those involved are German including WirzIrish, or from a whole host of other countries. Andersonville, Final Impressions, February, 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.

I am amazed to find myself at the beginning of chapter 7 and still amidst the details prior to the development of Andersonville. Also, Kantor felt the need to not include any quotation marks in the book.

Friede wrote again just before the holidays: The worst was a kind of jungle, a Darwinian struggle of the strong against the weak. I feel it did give me some understanding of some, at least of the events in the American Civil War.

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. The reader agonizes through andrrsonville phase of it: Not matter what you think of the politics of the civil war, this book shows how the combination of incompetence, lack of manpower, lack of compassion, and just plain inhumanity came together to create hell on earth.


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 grave, dead of malnutrition, neglect, malaria, kanyor, scurvy and gangrene.

Andersonville the prison, run by the Confederacy to hold captured Union soldiers, is the scene of human depravity both inside the stockade and outside. Instead, I got endless detail about the prison andersonbille, about prison life, on and on it went. A hard book to read, a hard book to digest and a hard book to forget. And finally, you weep when each poor man meets his end.

Having been a journalist, one of his largest and eventually unanswered questions is how did those living around this concentration camp react to it and did they ever attempt to intervene? 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.

The man who wrote ‘Andersonville’

Having visited the Andersonville Prisoner of War Camp in South Georgia years ago, I already knoew a little about the horrors the Union soldiers suffered there. 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 Dachau the Nazis imposed a brutish order, kanntor guards in the camp and designated block orderlies.

While he certainly has the Irish gangster stereotype down pat, it would have been nice to see a few loyal Irish soldiers. This book was ridiculously awful. I honestly wish all of Andersonville was written in this format because it leaves the reader with more questions forcing you to linger on a thought rather than a resolute. Someone, anersonville guest perhaps, had probably brought it up to read over their vacation.

Each week, our editors select andegsonville one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Chapter kanor chapter–he switches POV from one character to another; shifts from one setting to another; one conversation to another; one voice to another; one flow of thought to another–sometimes all in the space of one page.

This book was a most distressing tale of POW Unionists enclosed inside the walls of 20 acres. Born into poverty with an emotionally abusive father, his elemental drive and love of words had propelled him, at least briefly, to one of the highest pinnacles a writing man could attain.


In the end, though, the book is so bland it’s not even offensive when it’s totally dishonest. To ask other readers questions about Andersonvilleplease sign up. Because my friend Ryland writes reports and said I should too as I read the Pulitzer Winners amdersonville ascending order and the Man Booker Winners in descending here goes I’ll go andersonvillee and review the others at some point This book was very difficult for me to review on a star basis because kantot was insanely difficult to digest as a whole.

As Agnes Mack said, there were so many characters that none of them ever become especially memorable. Yet as I read it, I could anticipate the criticisms some would have of it: You get to know them and care for them, and andersonvlile follow them on their journey into captivity.

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They wouldn’t stand for it. It is really done so well. Again, I felt very little empathy for any of the Confederate soldiers who ran the camp and even less for the Union Raiders within.

You shake your head in disgust, as the rations are too small, and unfit for consumption anyway. But I am so glad I stuck it out to the bitter end, and like so many other reviewers before me, I will carry this novel with me for the rest of my life. We flew the stars and bars at parties and concerts Bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd were popular at the time without a thought that it could be offensive. The prose, the introspection, and the stories that make sure you will never forget what took place in Andersonville Prison.

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. The Civil War in Popular Culture. Henry Wirz, who received an injury earlier in the war and never recovered properly, is portrayed not as an inhuman fiend but as a sick man struggling with a job beyond his capacities.

MacKinlay Kantor receives the Medal of Freedom.