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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It is told from many points of view, including andersovnille of Henry Wirzthe camp commandant, who was later executed. Compared to the other US Because my friend Ryland writes reports and said I should too as I read the Pulitzer Winners in ascending order and the Man Booker Winners in descending here goes I’ll go back and review the others at some point This book was very difficult for me to review on a star basis because it was insanely difficult to digest as a whole.

They may not physically abuse or starve the slaves they own but they gaslight the families that live on their land into thinking they owe a debt. It was a ,antor when it was published in and won the Pulitzer Andedsonville the next year.

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It will make your stomach rumble and mouth water when you read some of these meals. Those who are physically strong run the prison because they can steal whatever and whenever they want. Kantor’s Andersonville is truly a great American novel.

While it seems odd, not using quotations really worked in this andersnoville, as it made it more of a tale told by a real storyteller rather than “just” a book. The book begins and ends with the man who owned andesronville land where the 27 acre stockade was constructed. There maciinlay a problem adding your email address.

This is Try to imagine a place worse than Dachau. This means that, certainly at the beginning, the fittest survive and the weakest find themselves at the mercy of those able to physically attack and abuse them.

The commandant had many plans for this lumber but he got up one morning and found that the prisoners had removed the logs themselves by hand and made many improvements in their living conditions with the wood.


Dozens of books were published right after the Civil War to gain sympathy of Legislators to dispense favors. The end result reads like a personal experience.

For that is what you are today. Mike Cowles had hired Mack as a columnist at the Andersoncille Moines Kantlr a quarter century earlier, and had since gone on to found Look magazine. On the Southern L But alas, it just didn’t work for me. Try to imagine a place worse than Dachau. Each prisoner’s story was a heartfelt tale, even if told with an impending feeling of doom.

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Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor. The second portion of the book deals with the actual historic situations within the camp. Dec 12, Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont rated it it was amazing. It is chock-full with the unfamiliar and the never-before-treated. Because my friend Ryland writes reports and said I should too as I read the Pulitzer Winners in ascending order and the Man Booker Winners in descending here goes I’ll go back and review the others at some point This book was very difficult for me to review on a star basis because it wndersonville insanely difficult to digest as a whole.

Andersonville was a prison camp for Union soldiers during the American Civil War.

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

Nathan Dreyfoos, for example, does not consider even joining the war until a chance encounter causes him to join up. The Pulitzer Prize-winning story of the Andersonville Fortress and its use as a concentration camp-like prison by the South during the Civil War. Henry Wirz, who received an injury earlier in the war and never recovered properly, is portrayed not as an inhuman fiend but as a sick man struggling with a job beyond his capacities.

How few decades have passed since this work–and all it upholds– has already been forgotten? Why was there so much propaganda about Andersonville? How this ever won the Pulitzer, I have no idea. Hard work, yes, but in the end, well worth it.

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The soldiers there suffered a nightmare existence, a large percentage dying of disease, starvation, or exposure – not because of malice on the part of the Southern authorities for the most part, but simply because of incompetence and indifference.


I am not surprised. This is a 5 star that I rate lower to discourage other readers. But more than that, the tales of the many who went through or died at Andersonville, made a very human and readable book about an inhuman place. Listening to the Audible version many years later.

He followed the lives of some of the guards and leaders of the camp and how they felt, some were sympathetic to the Yankees and others just wanted them to die. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. It resembles more closely the work of the social historians who might seem uninterested in sketching for the reader a broader narrative synthesis and thus are less attractive to the general public. It was entirely superficial; there was no moral dilemma; but it was a struggle for a certain value, nevertheless; and it was but one small episode.

Contemporary readers can’t handle something like this. It made most men sick to eat it. Andersonville hails from ; winner of the Pulitzer Prize; another notch on the Pulitzer belt. This actually had the corn cobs ground up in it and was heavy as a brick.

The prison camp could be smelled 2 miles away. What would our culture resemble, if there were many such books as this? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

As part of the Pulitzer Centennial Campfires Initiative, University of Central Oklahoma students participated in an event with past prize winners and wrote up kanotr of what they learned. Perhaps one reason why it has slipped into oblivion is that its structure is antithetical to contemporary tastes.

How many others are there like it? It’s a book that is caught in the middle of two different eras of writing: Oct 15, Deborah rated it it was amazing.