My rating would be 7/10. I liked the flavour for the times - not so foreign to today. I would have liked a more gripping story, with a main character that was more interesting, less perfect. But it entertained.
It was a bit too focused on the military moves of the great men, told in chronological order. It lacked some of the broader context or fascinating tidbits of great histories (maybe the unabridged has more). Still, it was more 'readable' than a textbook, for sure.
A somewhat entertaining tale, but not worth the effort to suspend my disbelief.
I found myself eager to finish this so I could start a book with more of a plot. I had hoped that Munro would invent more of one, but perhaps she did not want to stray too far from her actual family history.
I didn't expect to really like this, let alone sustain the length of it...but I found it enjoyable, thought-provoking, and educational. Of course, the racism is appalling, but it's a product of its time I suppose. Its length and the ending would not be my choice, but it is a powerful work about life in the south and the culture of politeness. Linda Stephens does a good job of the narration.
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