Abe A Novel of the Young Lincoln Author:Richard Slotkin A brilliant work of historical imagination, Abe immerses the reader in the isolating poverty and difficult circumstances that shaped Abraham Lincoln's character. Marked by his mother's horrible death and the struggle to keep reading and learning in the face of his father's fierce disapproval, Richard Slotkin's Lincoln comes of age during a drama... more »tic flatboat journey down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans. Along the way, Lincoln and his companions see slavery firsthand and experience the violence -- and the pleasures -- of frontier settlements and the cities of Natchez and New Orleans. Transformed by what he has seen and done, Lincoln returns to make his final break with his father and to step out of the wilderness into New Salem -- and history.« less
This was a beautifully written book that stayed with me even when it was closed and my mind was supposed to be elsewhere. It is good historical fiction, intertwining fact with fiction. The problem for me was that just about anything fictional about a person like Abraham Lincoln seems... I don't know, on par with the story of George Washington and the cherry tree (which is actually mentioned in the pages of this book). I believe that if this were about someone else, if this book were to be called JOE, for instance, I'd have had no qualms because it was VERY good. It was only my personal taste that got in the way.