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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Sex and filth and hunger. But alas, no lessons are ever learned. The writing was powerful, and you can feel the veracity of it.

Could she win that struggle with hard work, or not? What it was, however, was mortifying–quite the antidote to all the films and television andersonviple glorifying the war.


Jan 19, April Hochstrasser rated it really liked it. In the spirit of poetic licence some liberties are taken with the facts. Compared to the other US Civil War novels that had won the Pulitzer previously, kantr book is darker and more abstract than the generalized good vs.

Muscle vs muscle and brute vs brute. The alternative is not even imagined, not even by Kantor. This is a caliber of novel which has essentially disappeared from our national lite 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.


The plantation owner, Ira Claffey, opens and closes the novel, but he does not control the action. Andersonville MacKinlay Kantor, Whew…. In a later interview I found, he said that in Buchenwald he had been shocked by the horror of what men were capable of doing to other men in the name of war, and the recognition that the insanity was not restricted to Nazis in Germany.

This is a novel which is vast in scope and which I am glad I have read. Each chapter in this long book features characters who re imprisoned in Andersonville during the Civil War–a horrid outdoor prison in the south. It showed me what a safe little world I inhabited and thought was normal. I read several reviews of this book in which it was mentioned that this book moves slowly.

Aug 27, Jessica Gordon rated it it was ok. The war is a backdrop to it all.

This is a 5 star that I rate lower to discourage other readers. It certainly does not figure in any of the more common lists of notable fiction from the XX Century and I would be surprised to find it listed in a major bibliography of selected, fiction works dealing with the Civil War.

Henry Wirz, the commander mantor the stockade was the only person ever executed for war crimes perpetrated by an American on American soil. To ask other readers questions about Andersonvilleplease sign up.

Want to Read saving…. After touring the site of the prison, Andersknville wanted to learn more so I picked this book from among the many in the bookstore. Friede wrote again just before the holidays: A physician labors to alleviate suffering even though his efforts are inadequate and unsuccessful; a handful of prisoners organize an internal policing effort to permanently stop a cadre of anfersonville and thugs fellow prisoners themselves from wanton exploitation.


Compare Kantor’s example to that of Dante. What I knew prior to reading the book was that it was large, crowded and most of the inmates died there from disease. The prison itself was fact, along with the poor unfortunates impr Andersonville Overall, this is more of a 3. Our short memory spans are killing us!

The men were given little or no fresh knator or vegetables and scant food in general.

ANDERSONVILLE by MacKinlay Kantor | Kirkus Reviews

It was not so much an anti-war andersonvllle for me as an anti-humanity book. In Dachau the Nazis imposed a brutish order, with guards in the camp and designated block orderlies.

Retrieved from ” https: Andersonville, Final Impressions, February, 3 15 Feb 09, Mar 17, Kieran Archer rated it liked it. Never seen the beat of it. You see it, feel it, hear it, taste it and smell it. Each week, our editors andersonvillw the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.