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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This is a caliber of novel which has essentially disappeared from our national literature. Many of those involved are German including WirzIrish, or from a whole host of other countries.

The man who wrote ‘Andersonville’

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Looking through a reversed telescope at a prisoner of war camp, in fact a true death camp, is probably a subject for few readers. I don’t know why I picked it up off the shelf; I was 15 and probably bored.

Typically I will finish a book no matter what, but when there is no real continuing plot and I hated it as much as I did, I didn’t really see a purpose. The New York Times: All 37 hours on audio. When I was finished, I felt like I had my life back. Paperbackpages. There was no clean water and the area soon became a sewer wh Andersonville was the name of a Confederate prison carved out of the timber of northeast Georgia.

The creek became a combination of bathing, toileting, drinking, and disease. He then spent 18 months completing it — a massive novel of more thanwords. Could she win that struggle with hard work, or not? The author uses the facts and some historical characters, blended with fictional ones, to tell the story of the andersonvklle and the wider war.

Preview — Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor. Then imagine, if ,antor will, Dachau just as overcrowded but without the huts, without a clean water supply, without any kind of sanitation; just a palisade with watchtowers around an open field. The commandant of the prison is of German dissent and still speaks German frequently.


Near the beginning of this novel, Ira is approached by men looking for a site in which to keep Yankee prisoners.

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The book is epic in ambitio A fundamentally fascinating history made unpalatable by the entrenched racism of the author and the reams of indigestible prose. This is a novel which is vast in scope and which I am glad I have read. View all 5 comments. Although Kantor did sell the motion picture rights of his novel to one of the major Hollywood studios in the s, it was never produced. andersonviille

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

Andersonville, the prisoner stockade in Georgia, twenty acres hewn out of a pine woods, counted for more dead in fourteen months of the Civil War than Bull Run, Antietam and Gettysburg combined. Kantor’s novel and the movie of the same name are two separate properties.

Feb 21, James rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It anderzonville a slice of our world at the time in question. In fact, Kantor paints a relatively sympathetic portrait of him, as a commander struggling to overcome the government’s apathy towards the prison, as it sends more and more prisoners there, all the while ignoring pleas andersonvillr supplies and medicine.

Eben who loved birds and Father Peter Shelen who ministers to the dead and dying. If you don’t care about war novels Hard work, yes, but in the end, well worth it. Overall, this is more of a 3. Kantor’s novel is not for everyone. At first it took a little getting used to the style of not using quotation marks for speaking parts, but kwntor I got into the flow it was great.

Ugh, this book was painful to get through, and I only persevered because I was reading it for a book club. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Mano a’ mano combat. No truly central character; no real heroes; the historical context disqualifies calling the bad guys villains; no fundamental struggle with basic values, not really; nobody facing moral conflict, except where the reader himself may be making judgments from his perch well removed from the time and place.


Oddly enough, the main conflict in the book is between the native Anglo-Saxon Yankee prisoners, and the “criminal” element. In their composite, they and their families are a microcosm of American society of the s, mutilated and depressed by the barbarity of war.

Init was revealed that he had allowed his name to be used on a screenplay written by Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten, who had been blacklisted as a result of his refusal to testify before the House Un-American Committee HUAC hearings. With the possible exception of more titles of true stature coming from recluse Thomas Pynchon unlikely there is basically no author alive in this country right now, who can write at this level.


Carl Spaatz, then the U. I never count on anything until official announcement is made.

Having been a journalist, one of his largest and eventually unanswered questions is how did those living around this concentration camp react to kahtor and did they ever attempt to intervene? Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor. This website uses cookies as well as similar tools and technologies to understand visitors’ experiences.

I would never have chosen this I read this book as part of my Pulitzer Project. We had a purposeful sequence of events aimed at achieving an objectives; values were being pursued. Henry Wirz, the commander of the stockade was the only andersonvulle ever executed for war crimes perpetrated by an American on American soil. Or did he really mean for it to be considered a novel? I agree that it begins at an excruciatingly slow pace, but now that I have finished the entire thing, I can see how the author kept building the story, layer upon layer.

The first chapter was about the family whose land was taken by the rebels in order to build this prison.