I do not understand why this book has a rating of only 3 stars (at this time). It has so much research and historicity behind it, and its character studies are vivid and lifelike.
Not only is there humor at certain points, there is also shock value galore. Not only is hatred portrayed in all its ugliness, but also love is portrayed.
I have not spent a long time thinking about it, but I have a feeling that Liberty, the main character, also forms a metaphor for America during the Civil War. I would be glad to write a term paper on that topic.
It does have some similar themes to Doctorow's recent book on the Civil War, but there is so much more "meat" here that this book stands on its own.
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