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 no Abolitionist Yankees, no black runaways, no-one to challenge the Southern view. Henry Wirz is the German speaking superintendant of the stockade, who suffers constantly from a wound in his arm and is unable to muster respect from either his superiors, so relies on hatred and fear to rule.

And often the end is not good for the character in question. Or did he just want us to see a vividly shocking concentration camp, in the same manner as if it were men falling into the acid pit anderonville a meat packing plant in Chicago? This kangor tells the story of the infamous Confederate prison, where over 45, Union soldiers were held and over 13, died.

Claffey’s story is told throughout, as he tries to come to grips with the changing moral landscape, as times get tough and he finally loses control over his slaves he is, of course, a beneficent slave owner. 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.

Katnor is bravery, defiance, horror and shame, as the men suffer and die, and yet keep arriving to suffer and die… One of the things which really interested me about this novel were how many of those involved were first generation immigrants.


All hope was abandoned by the 45, Union soldiers imprisoned here. 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 we I’ve known about this book since high school, but I never imagined I’d actually read it. When Willie Collins is shown how to make a bully out of a dead rat.

The man who wrote ‘Andersonville’

The man who wrote ‘Andersonville’ Share: They wouldn’t stand for it. But it is epic. I see where Andersonville soldcopies in ; andmore copies in It took a close-up view of Buchenwald when it was opened to war correspondents to bring home the horrors he had read about in Andersonville; MacKinlay Kantor knew he must put into book form the research he’d been doing for 25 years.

This is a novel which is vast in scope and which I am glad I have read. As I was reading this I am also reading Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific which many attribute to a major shift in popular writing — essentially a collection of short stories that tell the tale as a whole.

Nineteen months ago the open pine forest was compassionate. But Andersonville started to actually put some real tarnish on the shiny world that I thought I inhabited.

I never count on anything until official announcement is made. Yet he gains sympathy anderonville he helps an escaped prisoner, one who was likewise at Gettysburg, one who likewise lost a limb. Just when I would start to get to know a character and begin to sympathize with his story, a new story would begin.

Andersonville is a novel by MacKinlay Kantor concerning the Confederate prisoner of war camp, Andersonville prisonduring the American Civil War — Open Preview See a Problem?

While it seems odd, not using This book tells the story of the infamous Confederate prison, where over 45, Union soldiers were held and over 13, died. And it was physically and psychologically hellish for the prisoners, but also psychologically hellish for the guards. I read several reviews of this book in which it was mentioned that this book moves slowly.


This page was last edited on 25 Julyat Andersonville existed for 19 months and at one time held as many as 33, union prisoners although it was initially intended for only 10, Someone, a guest perhaps, had probably brought it up to read over their vacation. Not matter what you think of the politics of the civil war, this book shows how the combination of incompetence, lack of manpower, lack of compassion, and just plain inhumanity came together to create hell on earth. 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.

Some books are instantly forgettable, no matter how enjoyable. Kantor writes in a lucid and compelling fashion, a narrative that quickly engages and carries one along.

You get to know them and care for them, and them follow them on their journey into captivity. As Agnes Mack said, there were so many characters that none of them ever become especially memorable. We saw glimpses of poverty and segregation.

Bruce Catton called it “the best Civil War novel I have anderzonville read. The book is an impressive one; the story is a sad one. Then imagine, if you 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.

But no matter, not really.