Died February 4, 1953 1953-02-04 aged 63 , U. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in good historical fiction. He also had volunteers going through personal diaries and old newspapers of the period. Thick octavo, tan cloth covers stamped in navy blue and red, 1514 pages. War was a disease of the human heart, changing the heart's beat and pulse and all its functioning, making gentle men into murders, entering into the hearts of men to turn them mad.
I know the author was a great-nephew of James Longstreet, and honestly, it started to feel like James Longstreet at The Battle of Gettysburg was what he really wanted to write about, and the book was just an excuse to write that one chapter. Their family vacationed at a summer home, a farm called Hardscrable, near Searmont, Maine, which was willed to him by Bert McCorrison. Williams worked hard reporting for the local newspaper, but only did this for income; his heart lay with magazine fiction. I suppose anyone who begins to be sure that he's a better man than his neighbor is just confessing his own ignorance; and probably it's out of ignorance and the feeling of superiority that goes with it that most wars arise. If you are a fan of great literature, an in-depth story line, well developed characters, and thought provoking conflict stay with it though. Envoi rapide et soigné depuis la Grande-Bretagne. When I wanted it for my children is was no longer available.
As a result he was able to obtain a lot of primary source material. This novel concentrates on the fate and fortunes of a single family rather than being centered around the life of a spoiled, pampered, young girl whose world is turned upside down but who as she matures develops a strong will, and is able to arise above adversity as she experiences the trials and tribulations of war, deprivation, and the loss of a way of life that she thought would always exist. But as the story unfolded and the discovery of that fact altered the lives of his legitimate children, it became the centerpiece of the story. Might give it a re-read to see if memory serves. And when she was awestruck, hw did the knowledge that they were related make her feel? Please give between 2-5 week for delivery. The Abraham Lincoln connection adds an element of historical interest that makes the novel a step above others of that genre. The characters are either very good or very bad.
May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Travis, Cinda, Brett, Faunt - darn it, now I have to go read it again! The characters are much more believable than rascally yet romantic Scarlett and Rhett, and the author did not sugarcoat the Lost Cause; instead, he painted it as the chaotic rebellion it was. He made each character so strong that they stayed in their own orbit through all the plot turns and twists. Ok, now that disclaimer is out of the way. As he goes into the last work of the War and assists General Lee with preparations for surrender, we grieve with Longstreet. I recommend the novel to anyone with the time to read a book that delves into the lives of a family undergoing the stresses of nearby war, the deaths and cripplings and corruptions. I also feel he represented the battles and plights of the soldiers well in all it's gruesomeness.
I have read the 1930's edition twice and would love to have a copy of my own. They later moved to Chestnut Hill, a suburb of Boston. I also feel he represented the battles and plights of the soldiers well in all it's gruesomeness. It was so with war, the worst disease of all. As his father was owner and editor of the Standard Journal, he grew up around writing, printing, and editing. In 1905, Williams left Ohio and went to West Newton, Massachusetts, to attend the Allen School. Wonderful huge pot-boiler Civil War novel, far superior to Gone With the Wind.
A retelling of the Civil War saga. He published 135 short stories, 35 serials, and 7 articles for the Post during a period of 24 years. He was published in many magazines, but the majority of his stories appeared in the pages of the. In the first hard pinch of the Civil War, five siblings of an established Confederate Virginia family learn that their father is the grandfather of Abraham Lincoln. He then connect this family with the beginning of battles from Fort Sumter to Appomattox Court House.
It made me want to visit Gettsyburg. If you are looking for a great read that will also teach you more about this tragic period in American history, consider this novel. The characters are the pivot points for the telling of the South's history. The author interweaves a family with historic events, as John Jakes did 30 years later. It was written in 1947 after 20 years of research by the author. It is very engrossing to any one who loves one of those old fashion historical family sagas that were very popular many years ago.
People will always be easily led to war as long as they believe what they hear and what they read, instead of thinking for themselves. Ok, now that disclaimer is out of the way. And to the younger readers there are no vampires or extraterrestials, be forewarned. During the war, the Southern Currain family finds out that they are not-so-distantly related to Abraham Lincoln. He includes political commentaries of the South from the perspective of the poor on up to the slave owners but done out of the mouths of the characters. My caveat is that I have not read this book since I was about 25, so a re-read is in order with fresh perspective. The focal point of the story is about the family Currain who collectively own four plantations in V This is my third reading of this book, 50+ years since my first two readings.
Into that war marched most men aged 17-45. I found alot of food for thought in the descriptions of debate leading up to secession, and see many parallels to debates and divides that have occurred since then. I've read quite a bit about the Civil War, but this time I learned a lot This Civil War story was published in 1947; I found it on Amazon as part of its Rediscovered Classics there are some really good books there! It was written in 1947 after 20 years of research by the author. Williams is never contrived or trite. He very exactly depicts the scenes and you truly can believe you are there viewing from afar and experiencing in reality the way life must have been for all the characters. Ben Ames Williams is a grandnephew of General James Longstreet, so a good deal of the war story centers around Longstreet and his perspective of battles and the war itself.
House Divided is billed as a historical novel, centered on actual Southern family, set during the war betwixt the states. Tan cloth, pictorial dust jacket. While it's certainly dated to some degree written in 1947 it is still the best fictional chronical of the American Civil War I've e Wonderful huge pot-boiler Civil War novel, far superior to Gone With the Wind. Ames combines two very important aspects of writing in a seamless manner. The richness of all that background material shows.