I absolutely loved this book. Don't be fooled into thinking this is all about the Civil War...it isn't. Oh sure, there are battles retold, but in a fresh way, through the memory of an old man and the eyes of the young boy he was during those times. More, this is the story of the young girl who married him, their life and times, good and bad. A wonderful, interesting read. I even bought the DVD of the movie to see how they'd handled it. Not bad, but they left out a lot.
I read this book decades ago but remember loving it. It's quirky and fun and authentically historic all at the same time. It was entertaining! I recently swapped for it so i could keep one here at home.
We are able to see the south through a vast array of voices. This is a book-lover's read and one that we will eagerly read again and again. This novel spans the time from just before the Civil War until the mid-1980's. It is exuberant, raucous, comic and even, at times, bawdy.
An true story that tells of Lucy Marsden life and that of her husband, nine children, in laws, and friends.
I enjoyed it. If your a history bluff, it gives a facinating insight to the personal lives of those during the civil war. Told in a nice, flowing narrative that is easy to follow.
This is long, and a bit difficult to read. The language isn't hard - I'm not sure what the hold-up is, exactly. I enjoy the stories, and I loved the way Lady Marsden was described. "A woman who made paper look dirty because her skin was so white" - I think that's really cool. But a lot of the book seems like a history lesson, and I guess I just don't have the endurance for it right now.
It's definitely a book I may pick up again in the future.
This was not exactly what I was expecting. It was for sure funny in parts but it was mostly a confession for a troubled soul in the last days of a difficult life. It also shows that "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome" is not something new to war veterans. The book does not depict the life of a typical Southern Lady but it does give some keen insights to life in a typical Southern Town in the early 1900’s.
From Library Journal
Ninety-nine year old Lucille Marsden, confined to a charity nursing home in North Carolina, is an American cousin of Joyce's Anna Livia Plurabelle. Lucy tells the story of her marriage to "Captain" Will Marsden, ostensibly the Civil War's last survivor, whom she married when she was 15 and he was more than triple her age. She also tells about her husband's experiences in the war and after, the burning of her mother-in-law's plantation by Sherman's men, and the abduction from Africa of a former Marsden slave, midwife to Lucy's nine children as well as her best friend. But this novel is less about the War Between the States than about the war between the sexes. And, like Finnegan's Wake , it's also about how history is recorded and about how lives are turned into stories. Lucy's voice casts a spell as enchanting as Scheherazade's; a first novel to be slowly savored and richly enjoyed. BOMC selection.
- Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.