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Jacob's Ladder | [Donald McCaig]

Jacob's Ladder

With the vivid canvas of the Civil War as a backdrop, Donald McCaig conjures a passionate and richly textured story set in the heart of America's greatest and most devastating time. On Gatewood Plantation, both blacks and whites fulfill their unforgettable destinies. From the interlocked lives of masters and slaves, and a wealth of historical detail, Jacob's Ladder examines the loves, letters, and struggles of the characters, and leads to the nightmare of the lurid anguish of the battlefields.
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With the vivid canvas of the Civil War as a backdrop, Donald McCaig conjures a passionate and richly textured story set in the heart of America's greatest and most devastating time. On Gatewood Plantation, both blacks and whites fulfill their unforgettable destinies. Duncan Gatewood, falls in love with Maggie, a mulatto slave, who gives birth to their son, Jacob. Duncan's irate father sells Maggie and Jacob and sends Duncan to the Virginia Military Institute. From the interlocked lives of masters and slaves, and a wealth of historical detail, Jacob's Ladder examines the loves, letters, and struggles of the characters, and leads to the nightmare of the lurid anguish of the battlefields.

&$169;1998 by Donald McCaig; (P)1998 by Audio Renaissance Tapes

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    Leslie Grey McCawley Sydney Australia 12-20-04
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    "Has the right elements for a good story, but ...."

    I don't quite understand why I did not enjoy this book. It has the elements that usually keep me interested: the tumultuous era of the American Civil War, and the complex relationships between planters and slaves. But despite wanting so much to like this book I found it rather dull. The story line was predictable, as were the characters. It was a disappointment, and I could not recommend it to anyone.

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