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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Each prisoner’s story was a heartfelt tale, even if told with an impending feeling of doom.

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They are perceived as well read and intelligent and willing to progress with the times but remain appalled at the idea of abolitionism. For me this was the most depressing part of the story, that predatory gangs known as Raiders organised themselves to steal from their already impoverished comrades, not stopping short of murder.

For that is what you are today. Ira is familiar with the land and with the flora in the fauna.


It was a letter Mack had written to my grandmother, Irene Layne, on April 24,from a German mackihlay just five miles outside the just-liberated Buchenwald concentration camp. This is a Goodreads review not a thesis so I will just leave it at that. Why was there so much propaganda about Andersonville?

Look it up if you are unfamiliar, the research of this book is essential because many of the characters were real life figures. But finally, I took the plunge, and guess macknlay There is no glory of war in this book.

This is not fiction; this really happened and it continued to happen until other prisoners formed their own police force, the Regulators, imposing a kind of order in the midst of misery. He followed the lives of some of the guards and leaders of the camp and how they felt, some were sympathetic to the Yankees and others just wanted them to die.


It is also one of the great physical, brawny, stories ever; by this I mean villains just about as formidable, as ugly, despicable and menacing as found in anything by Dickens.

A hard book to read, a hard book to digest and a hard book to forget.

These chapters give us a fleeting glimpse of a man–but that’s because the man’s life itself was fleeting, lost at Andersonville.

It has inspired me to try my hand at a short story of the prison. The author uses the facts and some historical characters, blended with fictional ones, to tell the story of the camp and the wider war. It also tells the story of the commander, Henry Wirth, who was tried and executed after the war for Andersonville, although many today think he was merely a scapegoat.

The prose, the introspection, and the stories that make sure you will never forget what took place in Andersonville Prison.

ANDERSONVILLE by MacKinlay Kantor | Kirkus Reviews

Andersonville, Final Impressions, February, 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 book is epic in ambition and in unveiling the horrors mwckinlay union prisoners of war were forced to endure in andersonville occasionally reaches its ambitions, but unlike other reviewers I don’t think it can hold a candle to books like life and war, war and peace or those by Primo Levi.

It’s enormous and staggering. As he neared the end of his labor, he wrote: The rewards of tackling a novel this vast are assured; but admittedly, this is a difficult book.

This kantkr a caliber of novel which has essentially disappeared from kkantor national lite Any five chapters of this novel –take them in a row, or cherry-pick–are more authoritative, more kabtor conceived and better executed than–well–really, you’ll find them better than any American novel written today. This book sat on my nightstand for some time. I remember finding this book in a big old library edition at the old Kent Library.


We have the rare knack of enjoying and milking every last drop of excitement. Any five chapters of this novel –take them in a row, or cherry-pick–are more authoritative, more astutely conceived and better executed than–well–really, you’ll find them better than any American novel written today. I should state I am not a fan of linear war novels so it is good that these plotlines were kind of intermingled but much of the time I found myself zoning out. Most of the real monsters are from within, as gangs of prisoners pick on the weak and disabled in a real struggle for existence, although there are plenty of examples of guard and officer depravity as well.

Anndersonville since I am being fair, I should also admit that the author didn’t always do a good job of weaving their stories together and by the kanotr a character was brought back up, I often had to go back and find his previous story, perhaps several hundred pages earlier, so that I might remember who mackilay hell he was. In just over twenty-six acres thousands of Union prisoners were penned as in a zoo, with no shelter other than their own rough shebangs, holes dug in the ground, covered with blankets or coats propped up with sticks.