A contributor to Harper’s, the New York Times Book Review, and many other publications, Madison Smartt Bell has also been a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Devil’s Dream is a rich, evocative work of historical fiction profiling the infamous Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
What did you like best about Devil’s Dream? What did you like least?
The account and narrative gives one a tremendous insight into the nature of life, conditions, and poverty during the period. I loved the way it is narrated. I believe it is realistic in word and dialogue the way people actually talked in West Tennessee, Mississippi valley.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
The author jumps around too much chronologically. One chapter you are in 1864 and the next 1858. Hard to follow all the individuals names and relationships.
What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?
Excellent rendering of the worded book narrative. The reflection and accent appeared to be accurate
Was Devil’s Dream worth the listening time?
Sort of !! Sometimes I wished I would have just put it down and forgot it. The image of a schizophrenic, demon possessed individual jumps out when Forrest loses control upset me. He walked a fine line between a Hitler and a Robert E. Lee. Only two individuals have any control over him when he has become possessed. His wife and his mother.
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CcAn original and highly evocative novel of war and slavery, of the spirit world and the corporeal world