I was turned off immediately by the use of GWTW/Scarlett characters names, Prissy, Sally Brewton,Scarlett's aunts, Mr. Robelliard, there are several and it is distracting to use those characters names. The book was long and drawn out.I did not really like it. I really found myself caught up in the use of those characters, it hit me like this was not original. She did not need to do that to tell a good story.
I really enjoyed this book. It is along the same line as "Gone with the wind" and "Rhett's People". Story about a Brother and Sister in post-war Charleston through the depression and on to the Spanish-American War.
the best seller of a family and their city though war, tragedy, and triump
This book precededs the book "On Leaving Charleston" -- the story of the Tradd family set in the old south.
Lizzie Tradd had been born into the elegant world of Charleton before the Civil war. Nothing prepared her for the harsh and brutal reality that followed. But Lizzie was not so easily conquered. No one could rob her of her spirit, her courage and her determination to make a new life.
A Civil War story full of romance and war. Loved it!
A tale of the Old South after the Civil War. Reminds me of "Gone With the Wind" set in Charleston with rice growiing instead of Tara with cotton. Lizzie Tradd was born into an elegant world only to see brutal reality decend after the war. But she is determined to make a new life and no one can rob her of her spirit or the beauty and grandeur of the city she loved so dearly.
If you liked gone with the wind you will love Charleston glittering ballrooms cival war elegance
After reading Charleston, I was able to understand how the family of Margaret Mitchell could allow someone to write a sequel to GWTW. This book is an absolutely fantastic book about the life right before the Civil War and after it in Charleston. I love books about the South, and especially the Civil War, and this book and it sequel Leaving Charleston are no exception.
I loved this book. It was one of those that I just could not put down. It transported me to a different place and time and I felt like I knew the characters. Turning the pages almost took too long. The story stayed in my mind long after I finished the book. The follow up book, On Leaving Charleston was just as good.
"From the final years of the war to the reconstruction and into the ragtime era this is the struggle of one family and the city they love....Charleston."
Charleston is yet another one of Alexandra Ripley's historical fiction novels.
The book begins during the middle of the Civil War and continues on towards 1898. The story surrounds on the Charlestonians, all whom are related to each other somehow or the other. The Tradds, the family that it is focused on, is made up of Mary Tradd, a brainless beauty as the mother; Pinckney Tradd, the new head of the family since the father died during the war, he's worried about how he can bring money in for the family; Stuart Tradd, a young boy not even in his teens during the war, but decides that he's going to defeat the Yankees no matter what; and Lizzie Tradd, the youngest, who isn't quite like any other girl after the war.
Very informative about what was happening politically and culturally during this time in Charleston as well as very descriptive about how domestic life of old families was lived. The characters are fascinating and varied.
IT TOOK ME A WHILE TO GET INTO IT, BUT ONCE i DID, i EJOYED IT VERY MUCH.
Sorry I never read this book. It a story of a family and their city through war, tragedy, and triumphant survival.