Toni Morrison produced a compelling and brilliant story from this intriguing setting, based on the aftermath of war, especially on those who carried it out, depicting Franck's life and world in ways I can not describe. Her setting is wide, varied, rich and colorful; something that is expected for a story with such a bearing. The characters are engaging and insightful and the unfolding plot is compelling. This is a rich theme. I first hard my insight into it from reading Disciples of Fortune and later from watching Legends of the Fall. I got to understand why those some people who experienced war's ugliness, and come out more humane, end up loathing it or the world that encourages it.