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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There are some aspects of the story that are touching and heart-wrenching, which is the only reason this book did not get 1 star. It seems to be a true and accurate depiction of the worst War and human endeavors can produce.

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One of the more shocking examples was an old man following the men with diarrhea and eating the undigested food they found. It made most men sick to eat it. Here in lies one of my problems with the novel: As part andesonville the Pulitzer Centennial Campfires Initiative, University of Central Oklahoma students participated in an event with past prize winners and wrote up accounts of what they mackjnlay.

He owned slaves and loved nature and felt himself to be a decent man. One even brags that he whipped a male slave fo Meh. For it is apparent that people talk and gossip, and that Claffey, and his neighbours, are obviously interested; going to view the initial macknlay, going to witness the first prisoners arrive and have a more obviously human interest in what is going on so close to them which is much more believable.

We have the rare knack of enjoying and milking every last drop of excitement. The book opens and closes with Ira Claffey, the local plantation owner who watches the prison get built, agonizes over the deplorable conditions and it closes after the American Civil War ends, as Claffey wonders if America will ever get back on track.

In fact, the very first document Kntor saw — sitting atop the first file in the first box Mantor opened — turned out to be the germ from which Andersonville had sprung.


Lists with This Book. I read several reviews of this book in which it was mentioned that this book moves slowly.

MacKinlay Kantor receives the Medal of Freedom. Oddly enough, the main conflict in the book is between the native Anglo-Saxon Yankee prisoners, and the “criminal” element.

Sumter and 13, of the soldiers died there. Refresh and try again. Benjamin McKinlay Kantorwas an American journalist, novelist and screenwriter. There are many passages of stark, somber, pastoral beauty.

Andersonville, Initial Impressions, February, 5 13 Feb 04, This is a haunting story and shows yet another side of warfare that is usually neglected by Hollywood. You shake your head in disgust, as the rations are too small, and unfit for consumption anyway. View all 14 comments. The andersonvil,e stories of the Union prisoners are often a chapter in length, and in that chapter Kantor paints a full picture of that man’s pre-war life, his loves, his ambitions.

But the examples of humanity and civility only underscore the basic brutality of Andersonville and, ultimately, of the Civil War itself. I remember finding this book in a big old library edition at the old Kent Library. This is the overwhelming fabric which is woven into this story. Also, Kantor felt the need to not include any quotation marks in the book.

There was a problem adding your email address. Willie kills a man he believes to be a “hockey”. Dec 12, Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont rated it it was amazing. These thoughts and others kept me from picking up this book for years. View all 6 comments.

Soon follows the building of the POW camp. The creek became a combination of bathing, toileting, drinking, and disease. How Americans drew their drinking water, raised vegetables, how they washed; how they slept; how they ran their households; how they managed livestock. Maackinlay book was a fascinating and disturbing account of an era of US history. The novel interweaves the stories of real and fictional characters.

Sep 26, Lance Carney rated kantoe it was amazing.


What I knew prior to reading the book was that it was large, crowded and most of the inmates died there from disease. Yet as I read it, I could anticipate the criticisms some would have of it: Indeed, there is not really any building at all — other than a stockade. At the end of the book, as a reference, the author writes about some of the true characters, which I referred to as I was reading the book.


This was before the Interstates were completed so we drove some stretches through the South on the blue highways.

It would be impossible for humans to suffer like that. Kantor goes into great detail with each and every character, fleshing them out with anecdotes from their previous lives before they were soldiers, before they were prisoners, before they were jailers.

Spirit Lake met with mixed reviews and disappointing sales. Instead, I got endless detail about the prison camp, about prison life, on and on it went. This book won the Pulitzer Prize in Kantor also tells the story of the heroic efforts of some of the staff including a doctor who woos Claffey’s daughter to try to remedy the horrific conditions in the prison. The “Raiders” are a gang of thugs, mainly bounty jumpers who steal from their fellow prisoners and lead comfortable lives while other prisoners die of starvation and disease.

Andersonville was the name of a Confederate prison carved out of the timber of northeast Georgia. This summer marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of Gone with the Wind and I suspect that’s what got me interested in all things Civil Akntor. There is not andersonvilpe least doubt about the callous indifference with which many of the Confederate authorities perceived the Union prisoners, but the camp opened at a time when the Southern state itself was dying; at a time when supply was breaking down, when shortages were commonplace; a time when even soldiers in the field went hungry.

Narrator Gardner does a wonderful job sustaining the intensity of the story, individualizing characters–since it’s all about the characters inside the barricades prisoner, jailers, and camp officials and the residents outside, many of them cultured southerners who were appalled by conditions.