Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!
©1982 John Jakes (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I had never read North and South but had seen the TV mini series when I was a kid. It was much better then I remembered from the series. Well worth the credit!
I wish I hadn't started and now I'm hooked. I harbor doubts about s number of anachronisms that detracted from my enjoyment. It gave me the opportunity to renew my acquaintance with the rise of political machines along with the rise of corporate monopolies. I also feel the characters are poorly developed.
This is a fantastic story of values, beliefs, and habits of several generations of American families (both North and South) during the darkest period of our history. The author makes me feel as if I'm immersed in the period.
This book is an amazing read. It not only is entertaining but the historical accuracy of the book just lends to its interest and deeper meaning. I can't wait to read books 3!
There were so many horribly, small, mean-spirited, vicious characters, and so much time spent on them instead of on the characters I wanted to like, that it was painful to read.
Jakes also insults the reader by TELLING us the character's motivation after he's SHOWN us, as if he doesn't trust the reader to have a mind.
The narrator was good. He made the book bearable.
Excellent story line and the narrator is very good. It is fiction based on facts and was very enjoyable.
there is a great deal of redundancy....and unfortunately when developing a story around facts, the creativity is sometime lacking. as it was in this novel. Jakes used the same devices to create friction in the text over and over again, which made it sometimes boring and unimaginative.
I have been intending to read/listen to this for years. I am happy to have done so now. Both the writing and narration were superb. I intend to listen to the other two volumes in the series.
My mother's ancestors had a plantation in Lexington, KY and owned slaves. My father's ancestors arrived on the Mayflower and became farmers in Massachusetts. I grew in in TN. This book gave me such insight into the dilemma faced by the people of the Country during the pre-Civil War era, and perhaps faced by my own family. I found it gripping. I can't wait to move on to the next two in the series.
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