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Old 11-15-2009, 04:08 PM   #21
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Good recommendation - try the book too.
+1 - Yes, Cold Mountain is a good read. For some reason it reminded me of One hundred Years of Solitude, which is the only Gabriel Garcia Marquez book I liked -- but I liked it a lot.
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The books that I read as a young girl growing up in the North, that shaped my initial ideas about the Civil War (or, as it was taught in school to Frank and other Southerners of my generation, The War of Northern Aggression), were Gone with the Wind, and to a lesser degree, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Of course, as an inquisitive adult I have read more and my ideas about that war have evolved. But if you really want to know how many Americans perceive the Civil War, I would recommend those two books. They are fiction, and not factual, but they have shaped a lot of opinions.

I read the entire, unabridged version of Gone with the Wind out loud to my grandmother in March, 1962, as I took care of her while she recuperated from a broken arm. She was bored, and I didn't want to stop reading so I read the whole thing to her. We cried together in the sad parts.
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I read the entire, unabridged version of Gone with the Wind out loud to my grandmother in March, 1962, as I took care of her while she recuperated from a broken arm. She was bored, and I didn't want to stop reading so I read the whole thing to her. We cried together in the sad parts.

What a lovely memory.
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No kidding...what a great memory you have, W2R!
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Yes, it is a lovely memory, isn't it? I remember that spring vacation with my grandmother quite fondly. She was a sweet woman and quite literate for her generation, with a college degree in the classics. But I never knew that she had such depth of feeling until I read Gone with the Wind to her.
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I remember read Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane for a book report when I was in 3rd grade. My teacher thought it was too intense for someone my age. I have to admit it was pretty influential for me. Well worth reading.

I also enjoy the Harry Turtledove alternate reality novels. We'd probably have won if Lee had had those AK-47s.

Almost forgot a great one. Jeff Shaara's The Killer Angels.
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If you want to see Clint Eastwood as a darker character than usual you might try "The Beguiled" (1971).
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If you want to see Clint Eastwood as a darker character than usual you might try "The Beguiled" (1971).
Good choice - The Beguiled was the first film he directed as well. Another option along the same line is The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
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Two books you might find interesting:

"The man Without a Country" by Edward Everett Hale
This was written during the war, was very influential then in building popular support in the north for the war effort, and today remains an important part of American classic literature.

"Texas" by James Michener.
A history of the state of Texas, in which the war between the states figures prominently.
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Good father/son trilogy of historical fiction...

Michael Shaara - Gods and Generals
Jeff Shaara - Killer Angels
Michael Shaara - Last Full Measure of Devotion

Very entertating series that really informs about the war in the East.
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I just finished White Doves at Morning by James Lee Burke. "In lyrical and evocative prose, Burke depicts both the boredom and horror of army life and the injustices visited upon blacks and poor whites by the "haves" in Southern society." This book is called a departure from his normal mysteries. (Of which I am not familiar.) Really enjoyed this book.

I also found Cold Mountain to be a great read. As is nearly always the case I think the book far exceeds the movie.

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If anyone wants a great, great book about Lincoln's assassination, I had the high school coach recommend this to me when I was there: The Day Lincoln was Shot by James Bishop. Worth your time.
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