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 war, there are no resolutes. Toward the end of the novel, an escaped prisoner is befriended by one of the prison guards, forming, in the process, an ultimately deeply emotional and liberating friendship.

Like many young men raised in the south, I had been raised on the story of our gentlemanly struggle for states rights against the tyranny of the north. Refresh and try again.

I spent my Christmas break reading the book and growing more and more horrified throughout. I see where Andersonville soldcopies in ; andmore copies in What I knew prior to reading the book was that it was large, crowded and most of the inmates died there from disease. Two of my mackiinlay episodes include the Tebbs brothers, one where Floral is heading on an adventure with his friends, only to discover they are headed to the local cat house, where Floral’s mother “entertains” men.

Then I knew I was going to write it. Each of the prisoner chapters distills an amazing amount of detail, while encompassing an entire life.

Kantor does not condemn him, no; he merely presents him as a self-pitying, ineffectual and rather wretched little man, an obvious scapegoat. I remembe I am curious how a work enters the Contemporary Canon.


The prose, the introspection, and the stories that make sure you will never forget what took place in Andersonville Prison.

The man who wrote ‘Andersonville’

Army Air Corp commander. Most of the real monsters are from within, as gangs of prisoners pick on the weak and disabled in a real struggle for existence, although there are plenty of examples of guard and officer depravity as well.

He also saw combat during the Korean War as a correspondent. This is America; this is Andersonville.

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I could not find a central plot or a main character whose values I might engage with or follow. Thus reading this book forever changed my outlook on racism, war, and how we treat the people around us.

Is that a way to celebrate a unanimous Pulitzer Prize? Oct kntor, Kirk Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: I remember finding this book in a big old library edition at the old Kent Library. Having been a journalist, one of his largest and eventually unanswered questions is how did those living around this concentration camp react to it and did they ever attempt to intervene?

A Critical Backward Look. He is probably 50 and has several slaves that help him farm the land. Pages to import kaantor to Wikidata. In fact, the very first document I saw — sitting atop the first file in the first box I opened — turned out to be the germ from which Andersonville had sprung. It was not so much an anti-war book for me as an anti-humanity book.

He makes sure you understand that there is no North and South; no right and wrong in this war. Several of his novels were adapted for films. 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.


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 kntor form the research he’d been doing for 25 years.

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.

I could imagine the almost drug-like rush upon hearing the news; the ratification for all the world to see that your best efforts were, in fact, good enough.

And often the end is not good for the character in question. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. But the factors that make this much more than an appallingly realistic panorama are the men themselves, — the prison’s officials, callous, cruel, indifferent- or weak; the old men and young boys used as guards; the scarce example of men who served in order to do what little they could accomplish in the primitive, crude hospital; and the prisoners — cross sectioning all sorts and conditions of men, in circumstances that reduced them almost to beasts.