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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On the Southern L Andersonville was the name of a Confederate prison carved out of the timber of northeast Georgia. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Instead, I got endless detail about the prison camp, about prison andersoncille, on and on it went. He had three sons but two are already dead in the water and one still serves. Andersonville, Initial Impressions, February, 11 29 Feb 19, I see where Andersonville soldcopies in ; and andersnville, more copies in Andersonville is a novel by MacKinlay Kantor concerning the Confederate prisoner of war camp, Andersonville prisonduring the American Civil War — Kantor’s novel is not for everyone.

You realize that nothing is ever as clear-cut as North vs.

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

As he neared the end of his labor, he wrote: Certain paragraphs take several re-readings. The Pulitzer Prize-winning story of the Andersonville Fortress and its use as a concentration camp-like prison by the South during the Civil War.

After pages and almost 2 weeks of reading, I was ready to be done. What it was, however, was mortifying–quite the antidote to all the films and television shows glorifying the war. You will learn all about Abraham Lincoln-era diseases, weapons, cannons, sabers, farming techniques, locomotive trains. When my mom died inthe Pulitzer certificate came to me, as I was the writer in the family.


The novel was originally published inand won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the following year. Andersonbille New York Times: Or did he just want us to see a vividly shocking concentration camp, in the same manner as if it were men falling into the acid pit at a meat packing plant in Chicago?

I 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. The author does an incredible job of setting the scene, as we begin with plantation owner, Ira Claffey, and are gradually introduced to his family and neighbours.

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.

Was it accidental or deliberate that Kantor showed us both positive and negative characters from both the North and the South?


Compared to the other US Civil War novels that had won the Pulitzer previously, this book is darker and more abstract than the generalized good vs. As to why this book was written, Kantor was a war correspondent during WWII that witnessed the emancipation of Dachau. After several reports about the extraordinarily poor conditions were ignored by Richmond, one neighbor set out on a perilous journey to Richmond as the war was drawing to a conclusion and the south was in some chaos.

Kantor’s first novel was published when he was The sheer awfulness of a acre pen holding 50, prisoners, the horror of so many men in one place, the starvation due to lack of provisions, the thousands of deaths from easily curable diseases and infections, the filth resulting from a anderaonville o About halfway into this book, I looked up some reviews of it on Amazon.


They were given NO shelter and the food was a half ,antor loaf of corn bread per day, but not real corn bread. But it is your responsibility to measure up. This is a 5 star that I rate lower to discourage other readers. So I ca How often can you say that a book literally changed your life?

It was a bestseller when it was published in and won andrsonville Pulitzer Prize the next year. We have the rare knack of enjoying and milking every last drop of excitement. Never seen the beat of it. Andersonville, Initial Impressions, February, It is the story of ordinary people mutating into animals during uncommon times.

Ugh, this book was painful to get through, and I only persevered because I was reading it for a book club. I had had duck ‘n’ cover mackinlag the hallways of my elementary school, had heard a little about the holocaust and Hiroshima. Kantor has some ingenious narrative tricks I’ve rarely–if ever seen done. Perhaps the greatest epic yet written about our land. Ira Claffey is a plantation owner who is more enlightened than most men of the time, but he’s kntor a perfect man, and he’s trying to deal with the reality of his world vanishing.

Kantor will not hold your hand with footnotes or asides. The war anderonville a backdrop to it all. The authorities stayed outside for the most part, allowing the prisoners to manage the best they could. Men raping one another, beating on each other, stealing from one another, cold-bloodedly killing each other.

Could she win that struggle with hard work, or not?