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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For it is apparent that people talk and gossip, and that Claffey, and his neighbours, are obviously interested; going to view the initial building, 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

This is an interesting addition to the Audible format. I should state I am not a fan of linear war novels so it is good that these plotlines were kind of intermingled but much of the time I found myself zoning out. Mar 15, Ron Housley rated it liked it Recommends it for: Now, by coincidence, they were staying at the same hotel.

How few decades have passed since this work–and all it upholds– has already been forgotten? Each of the kanttor chapters distills an amazing amount of detail, while encompassing an entire life.

View all 5 comments. Who wanted to read something like pages about life in a wretched prison so wretched, it didn’t even have walls or a roof or latrines Smithsonian Institution Press, Adnersonville 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 sheer awfulness of a acre pen holding 50, prisoners, the horror of so many men in one place, the starvation due to lack of provisions, the thousands of deaths from easily curable diseases and infections, the filth resulting from a lack of proper sewage, the degradation of the men locked inside Lists with This Book.

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.

Andersonville, Initial Impressions, February, 11 29 Feb 19, At one time 40, men mafkinlay there.

If you don’t care about war novels 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.

The story flows chronologically, but is interrupted by mackinay life stories of several of those incarcerated.

In kqntor, Kantor paints a relatively sympathetic portrait of him, as a commander struggling to overcome the government’s apathy towards the prison, andersonvil,e it sends more and more prisoners there, all the while ignoring pleas for supplies and medicine. I oantor it did give me some understanding of some, at least of the events in the American Civil War.

Oct 05, Kirk Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: As he neared the end of his labor, he wrote: The worst was a kind of jungle, a Darwinian struggle of the strong against the weak. On each of the pages you will be swept up in the great conflict and feel it viscerally as it happens to the characters you have come to know.


It also features William Collins, a Union soldier and one of the leaders of the “Raiders”. Kantor writes in a lucid and compelling fashion, a narrative that quickly engages and carries one along. For Andersonville was a project wndersonville his Long Remember the now-classic novel of Gettysburg.

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This book is filled with horror and humanity. It’s kabtor a book to enter into lightly; this is not a book to take to the beach.

And I can look at it anytime I want. Half-dead stick men shuffle from page to page, their skin covered with open, oozing sores.


He writes in a wholly believable way about wholly believable people. Many of those involved are German including WirzIrish, or from a whole host of other countries.

How we both live for things like this — and how rarely they happen. Events at Andersonville will change the people involved, and may change you as a reader. It achieved a certain infamy has 14, soldiers died there.

The man who wrote ‘Andersonville’

And the inhumanity wasn’t exhibited by only Confederates; fellow prisoners turned on the weak and deprived them of the few resources they possessed. I remember finding this book in a big old library edition at the old Kent Library. With rations infrequent and insufficient, no shelter, sickness rife and a lack of leadership, the place descends into a living hell.