©2007 Robert Olmstead; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"A powerful, redemptive narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
Truly a Southern Gentleman's prose, bring your dictionary and thesaurus. Wordy, erudite and graphic text describing the mayhem of the Civil War battlefields and man's inhumanity to man. Not a pleasant or comfortable read but a good storyline. Not for children less than 16 or the faint of heart, or those with sensitive stomachs.
The narrator's skill is wonderful; he captures the story in its' true form
The motif of the black horse was the best part
The scene where the old guy whose face and hands come alive with crawly things-- OOOOOOOH! that was wonderfully described!
All the scenes that encompass the boy growing to manhood gripped me
This story is one of the most well written stories I have read in a long time--- well deserved any awards it received. I learned new words-- and how to use them. That is amazing as I am quite well-read across various genres.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to the continuation of the series!
Had he continued writing after 1965, J. D. Salinger should have written this book to get more coverage. Wonderfully written and narrated. I enjoyed it more that the original Catcher. Not for young children, but for those who are passing from children to adults. A coming of age story that thinking adults would surely enjoy. I stayed up all night to hear the last word.
Gory and dark. Highly rated not because it is enjoyable, but rather for the storyline and strong feelings it invokes.
This is a true "coming of age" book, with the Civil War and all its brutality as a backdrop.
The narrator does an above average job.
The writing was beautiful in its brutality and gore. The descriptions of the war were horrific. Roby's transformation from an innocent to one who learned to be a survivalist was painful to read about. The boy grew into a man who understood that he had protect those he loved through violence again and again. By the end, one could only hope the rest of his life could be peaceful.
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