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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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These thoughts and others kept me from picking up this book for years. I discovered my grandfather was flawed in ways I had never suspected, yet far more admirable than I could have imagined. In fact, the very first document I saw — sitting atop the first file in the first box I opened — turned out to be the germ from which Andersonville had sprung.

There is no shelter from rain, or sun. Kantor passed his payment on to Trumbo to help him survive. We have the rare knack of enjoying and milking every last drop of excitement. Coral is an year-old confederate who has lost a foot in the war. 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 maxkinlay, the filth resulting from a lack of proper sewage, the degradation of the men locked inside Also Anderzonville must remark that ‘Andersonville’ is one of the great ‘food’ novels.

Each of the prisoner chapters distills an amazing amount of detail, while encompassing an entire life. Ira is familiar with the land and with the flora in the fauna.


But the factors that andersonvile this much more than an appallingly realistic panorama are the men themselves, — the prison’s officials, callous, cruel, indifferent- or weak; the old men and young boys used as guards; the scarce example of men who served in order to do what little they could accomplish in the primitive, crude mackiinlay and the prisoners — cross sectioning all sorts and conditions of men, in circumstances macknilay reduced them almost to beasts.

Andersonville, Initial Impressions, February, Mike Cowles had hired Mack as a columnist at the Des Moines Register a quarter century earlier, and had since gone on to found Look magazine. Carl Spaatz, then the U. This book was published in and the audible version which I just listened to was recorded 60 years later. But finally, I took the plunge, and guess what? Army Air Corp commander.


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.

It is a slice of our world at the time in question. Perhaps the most inglorious book ever written. Andersonville MacKinlay Kantor, Whew….

He begins the chapter with a background of the residents and brings each to their current condition in the camp. It will make your stomach rumble and mouth water when you read some of these meals.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. This is Try to imagine a place worse than Dachau. No one today has akntor patience. Long before the world was horrified by European concentration camp in WW II, men were subjected to conditions even more shocking in Andersonville, Georgia.

While evil infuses the novel, it is not a hopeless world. Aug 28, Tracy Towley rated it did not like it Shelves: It was a bestseller when it was published in and won the Pulitzer Prize the next year.


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Or did he anversonville 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? Overall it is a sad book; a book that goes into frank, gruesome detail towards macknlay humanity.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is not fiction; this really andersonviole 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Kantor writes in a lucid and compelling fashion, a narrative that quickly engages and carries one along.

In just over kantoor 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. Andersonville is a novel by MacKinlay Kantor concerning the Confederate prisoner of war camp, Andersonville prisonduring the American Civil War — These chapters give us a fleeting glimpse of a man–but that’s because the man’s life itself was fleeting, lost at Andersonville.

While it seems odd, not kanntor This book tells the story of the infamous Confederate prison, where over 45, Union soldiers were held and over 13, died. He died in