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5.0 out of 5 stars Civil War fiction's second greatest title, 16 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Andersonville (Plume) (Paperback)
Michael Shaara's novel "The Killer Angels" is often considered to be the best novel written about the Civil War. If you're wondering which book is #2, this is it. McKinlay Kantor's haunting fictional book about the very real Andersonville prison camp is a masterpiece and well deserved the Pulitzer Prize it received. But, unlike "The Killer Angels," "Andersonville" is a very long and at times difficult book to read. Kantor employs an unusual writing style by not using quotation marks around the spoken sentences of the charactors. This is a bit disconcerting to the reader at first, but as the story progresses one realizes it contributes greatly to the other-worldly, dream-like "feel" of the book. Unfortunately, this is the only Kantor Civil War novel still in print. He wrote several others, including "Long Remember" - a novel about the battle of Gettysburg. Its a wonder that no publisher has rushed to capitalize on the recent popularity of Civil War novels and reprinted it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book that should be better known, 8 Jan 2014
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I only found out about this book by chance, which is a great pity given the nature of the work. Perhaps it's because it's background matter is the American Civil War, which may be is of limited interest outside the USA itself - although that in itself is a great shame given the huge scale of the conflict and the impact its outcome had on the world at large.

Whatever the reason it is a travesty this work is not better known. It has obviously been meticulously researched (25 years in the making I believe) and is extremely well written. It is a very big book but kept me gripped throughout. Suffice to say I was sad when it ended, and that for me personally is the mark of a great book.

Not only does the author throw light on the appalling crime against humanity that was Andersonville prison but, through the beautifully constructed and detailed back-stories he constructs for many of the protagonists, he brings home to the reader the personal element of the impact and horror of war.

Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on the Civil War that I have yet read, 4 Aug 1998
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I read this book over 20 years ago, while I was in high school. It made quite an impression on me. I visited Andersonville and saw the 6 graves-separated from the thousands of others on the grounds. If you liked the Turner movie you must read this book. The John Ransom diary seems to be a big part of this story, which makes it all the more acurate. When you read this book, you are there.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Novel, 26 May 1999
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An excellent book. It not only tells about the Andersonville prison and life inside the stockade, but it also delves into the lives of those living in the shadow of Andersonville. The writing is descriptive and vividly paints a picture in your minds eye as you read. The characters come to life as you share their emotions. It's a pleasure to read a book not only historically accurate, but one with many plots and subplots that immerses the reader into the story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible fact based story which stays with you forever, 29 July 1999
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Beginning with the first chapter, the words are so descriptive, you feel as though you're experiencing everthing with the characters. Even though it is lengthy, you're so drawn into the atmosphere and minds of the characters that you can't put it down. Have read it twice in the last 15 years and probably will read it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THis is a re=newal as my first book became very worn out., 7 Feb 2014
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Bhillstead "Jillstead's say." (Lincolnshire. UK) - See all my reviews
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If you want to know the facts as well as the fiction of the Civil War in the USA try this book. It's very well written and I found it very interesting. Reading and re-reading it over a number of years and I can always find some little detail that I must have missed originally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great literary achievement!, 23 July 1998
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An excellent book about the dark side of war. Seamlessly weaves real historical characters with equally believable fictional ones. Written in colorful vignettes that are fascinating in their own right, and together form a near-perfect book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go back in time to the Civil War!, 21 Dec 1997
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This is a fantastic book about the Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp in Georgia during the Civil War. It portrays the very real horrors of war and camps like this. Although it is fiction, it is shockingly real! This book tells it like it is! Not for those with a weak stomach!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping, haunting novel that brings history to life, 11 Jun 1999
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I came across this book in the late 60s in England, lost my copy, and took 30 years to find it again (good old Amazon!). It takes some reading - you can put it down more easily than a Grisham for example - but then you are soon drawn back to it again to follow and try to understand the awful saga of man's inhumanity to man.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly great, but some filler., 5 Aug 1999
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I thought the book captured a period of American History very well. The good parts, and there were many, were excellent. I thought it was better than "The Killer Angels" because it did a better job of evoking another time. I did think it could have used some pruning though. Some of the chapters (the one on the musician, for example) didn't seem to add anything to either the story or the mood.
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