The author shares the major turning points in the city's life. In it I began to feel both a vested interest and a sympathy for the people who put so much stock in it's well being.
I think the thing that hit me strongest was the broad view with which the book was written. The cities decline was something that was set in motion many years before.
I really appreciated how the author filled in the gaps in dialog and story. I felt right and presented the narrative from a neither Southern or Northern Point of view, but rather a human one. In the end you coming out of the book feeling the weight of human drama.
The whole book was very well done, but I am always taken in by a good introduction. This one was especially colorful to me as you begin to picture for yourself the scenery and the charterers.
They are all very well done. I have no idea how a narrator can keep consistency with so many varied charaters
It was all very well done, but as in the movie version the gallant charge by union forces from Maine is very moving.
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